We are so pleased that the Caistor Roman Project has been given a grant through the lottery fund, which means they can continue with their research in and around the Roman town of Venta Icenorum (Caistor St. Edmund).
They often use Caistor Hall as a base for planning meetings and exhibitions, and are hosting an open day here on Wednesday 27th July. Last year we had 120 attendees, so you can see how popular this is.
It is not surprising that people are interested in the archaeology – Caistor St Edmund is one of only three Roman regional capitals in Britain that were not built on in subsequent years, so it provides a wealth of information.
The open day on Wednesday is free to all members. Non-members will be charged £5 (which will be deducted from the membership fee if you join at this event). You can also have a guided walk for £2
Walk only: £2
Walk, exhibition and talks £5
Opening Walk 13.00
Closing Walk 18.00
Exhibition and Talks 14.00-17.30
You will be able to browse an exhibition of information and finds from fieldwalking, metal detecting, geophysics, test pitting and excavation. A number of talks will take place, including talks by Val Fryer on Plant Uses and Remedies, Harriet Foster on Glass from Venta Icenorum. Caroline Davidson of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust, Mike Pinner on Community Archaeology at Caistor and Will Bowden will also be giving a talk: ‘Caistor Camp’: perceptions of Venta Icenorum from the 16th Century to the present day.’
Recently the Caistor Roman Project completed a geophysical survey of one of the fields to the east of the Roman town site. This revealed roads, tracks and buildings and has contributed in a huge way to their knowledge of what life might have been lide surrounding the town.
If you’re interested in getting involved over the Summer, here are the key dates:
27 July: Festival of Archaeology: open day at Caistor Hall
29 July: Coffee morning 10.30am at Caistor Hotel. Talk by Caroline Davidson about the work of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust.
4-7 August: Test pits – see website for more details.
13-28 August excavation: application form on the website.
If you want to have a wander around the site on your own, you can download an app for a tour of the Roman Town.