In the footsteps of the Legions!
The Maiden Way Roman road runs through some of the wildest North Pennines hills on its route between Kirby Thore on the A66 and Carvoran on Hadrian’s Wall. Just north of Alston, it passes close by the Roman fort of Whitley Castle where its line has recently been recorded by English Heritage using air photography, LIDAR and ground survey. Sections across the road here were excavated by volunteers during the Altogether Archaeology pilot project in 2011. The road was probably built to facilitate Roman lead and silver mining in the heart of the North Pennines.
A full report on this excavation will be available here shortly.
The new Maiden Way project
It is proposed that the Altogether Archaeology volunteers will use a range of techniques, including aerial photography, lidar, field survey, geophysics and small-scale excavation, to investigate and record the entire line of the Maiden Way during 2014-15. The results should tell us much about the origins of the road and its history during Roman and post-Roman times. The work will be divided up into several sub-modules, details of which will be posted here. The first sub-module to be completed was a geophysical survey at Kirkby Thore Roman fort, at the south end of the Maiden Way (see separate page for details).
For further information about this project, or any other aspect of the Altogether Archaeology project, please contact the Project Manager, Paul Frodsham: firstname.lastname@example.org