Archaeological work within the Lake District National Park

24th June 2013


The Lake District National Park Authority’s archaeology and heritage assistant Holly Beavitt-Pike gives the low down of whats going on.

Lake District NP

On the 23rd February volunteers were invited to attend the official launch day. The event was introduced by Kerry Powell, our Director of Learning and Resources and also our Heritage Champion. Volunteers were able to find out more about how to get involved – whilst John Hodgson (Senior Archaeologist) gave a short introduction to the archaeology of the Lake District.

The main aims of the network are to provide volunteers with a better understanding of the archaeology and the historic environment in the Lake District as well as developing skills in archaeological fieldwork and conservation.

We are always looking for new volunteers to get involved. Have a look on our website for further information: http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/learning/archaeology/archaeologyvolunteers

Romans in Ravenglass excavation

An exciting project to excavate a civilian settlement (vicus) which is known to surround the impressive remains of the fort and bathhouse in Ravenglass, which will go ahead this September.

The funding of nearly £125,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Copeland Community Fund and the LDNPA.

People will have an opportunity to get involved in an archaeological excavation, and geophysical survey and will see the results of their work in interpretative media, leaving a lasting legacy.

The project will give the local community and the wider audience an opportunity to explore first-hand and understand more about the Roman heritage and improve protection of this important site.

Anyone wanting further information should e-mail archvol@lakedistrict.gov.uk or visit http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/projects/rir

Reflections on History

This year saw the completion of the Reflection on History project. The project is part of the wider Windermere Reflections project run by a partnership headed by the Environment Agency.

Reflections on History jointly run by archaeological staff from the LDNPA and National Trust has provided opportunities for local people to take part in archaeological survey and investigation of the industrial themes of woodland, water power and mining and quarrying in the Windermere area.

The first two phases were completed in 2011 and 2012 and phase three was completed this April. Four sites were chosen for investigation; Banks Quarry – a redundant slate quarry located in the Langdale Valley; Greenhead Gill Mine – the remains of a 16th century lead mine; and Fairfield and Providence Mines –a iron mines said to have been worked c1700, both located near to Grasmere.

Volunteers were tasked with surveying and recording these sites in order to make an accurate record of the surviving remains of the sites and to provide an interpretation of how these sites functioned. The results will be available shortly.