Roman excavations at Carlisle Cricket Club come to an end
An archaeological dig that has uncovered more of Carlisle’s Roman secrets is about to end.
The community digs at the site of a Roman bath at the Carlisle Cricket Club in Stanwix, which began on August 31, have uncovered many artifacts and ancient artifacts, including rings, recessed tiles with animal prints, coins, glass from the Roman era and beautifully patterned pottery.
Also among the finds were over 20 stamped imperator stamp (IMP) tiles – something which, according to senior archaeologist on site, Frank Giecco, has added to a growing body of evidence indicating that Carlisle has a connection to the Imperial Court. Roman.
He believes the site of the public baths, which was first discovered in 2017, has even more secrets to reveal.
“It produced some incredible discoveries,” Frank said.
“We have very late pottery from the end of the Roman Empire, we have a huge amount of these imperial stamped tiles and we can confirm that there are in fact three public baths on the site now.
“The help from the locals has been fantastic and there is such a great buzz around the place.
“Nothing has yet been reviewed. We’re just focusing on the excavation now, but the real work begins once we’re done and look at what we found in the lab. ”
Frank said that it is not possible to prove that the emperor – Spetimus Severus at the time (193 – 211 AD) – ever set foot in the building.
However, he added that the building clearly had a connection to the Imperial Court and the evidence was mounting.
He said: “It is a huge monumental building that was built by the Imperial Workshop when Septimius Severus was in this country.
“There is a tremendous amount of circumstantial evidence.
“It obviously has something to do with the Imperial Court because his workshop built it. To say that he was already there physically would require a time machine.”
Carlisle City Councilor for Stanwix, Elizabeth Mallinson, said she would like to see a museum on site to display the “exciting” finds.
She said: “We would like to be able to save all the artefacts and display them.
“I’m sending a call to a contractor who would have a few million pounds to spend on a nice museum for us, so that we can have the artifacts that were unearthed at the cricket club and other parts of Carlisle on the display.
“I think it would be absolutely fantastic to have it as a center for tourists, as is the case in Birdoswald and other places along Hadrian’s Wall.”