Summary of this years excavations
This years digging is now complete and the
(for Norman, Report writing! starts)
very successful season digging outside the eastern defenses
of the fort is summarised
in the 2021 Dig Blog
We are very pleased to accounce that Norman has found
the bathhouse at Castleshaw ....
and its here!
Many congratulations to Norman on his special birthday
(and thanks to Jayne and Norman's colleagues at Salford University for organising the cake)
Latest Reports, Please see the
Feb. 2018, Looking from the fort towards Delph.
The roman road visible as the whiter line in the middle distance
Click the image for a larger view.
If you can't spot the roman road above, click
more on this section of the road.
Please keep an eye on these pages
for the coming events in 2020,
and a couple of new reports
from Norman are due in the new year on the Waters Clough site
and the Roman Fort investigations.
We are planning a number of digs over 2020, both at the
Forts and at the Waters Clough monsatic site.
will be open to members of the friends so if you would like
to be involved and are not currently a member please consider
Benefits of joining also include reduced entry fee to
lectures and access
to the members area of the website containing the latest
documenst and reports.
Coming soon(ish): Lidar and Aerial
images of the Roman Road through Saddleworth.
with the section from
The Report for the 2014 Fort
Excavations is now available, Please see the Documents
page for details
Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts were awarded a major grant from
the Heritage Lottery Fund to support its research into the area's Roman
history. We were given £70,100 to carry out a fresh excavation of
This has been concluded, please see the blogs to
The final report is Here.
Please see the hlf
page for further details
See the July 2014 excavation diary at the Castleshaw Blog ...
read all about the Castleshaw Roman Day Conference....
Mytholme Mill investigation in Blog2
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Castleshaw through the ages ... press the
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By the 1980s Castleshaw Roman Fort was in need of some care and
While most of the underlying archaeology was still intact the surface
was badly pitted and spoiled by centuries of digging by various
antiquarians and archaeologists.
visit to Castleshaw in 1980 was a difficult experience. Visually it was
a mess and it was difficult to make out the lines of the walls. The
lunar landscape left by previous diggers had been colonised by moorland
vegetation and it was difficult to walk over it.
Something needed to be done to preserve and protect what
is a valuable archaeological site.
In 1984 a conservation exercise was undertaken on the fortlet. This
removed the spoil heaps, reinstated the bank and ditch and conserved
the interior of the fortlet.
The main outer fort wasn't touched and still requires
a similar programme of restoration and conservation.
Castleshaw Roman Fort Future
The major challenge we now face is how best to enhance
experience of the forts without jeopardising any of those factors which
make the place so special.
The aim of the Castleshaw Conservation Management Plan
is to improve
the interpretation of the site and the publics experience of the
This is there the Friends come in ..
With targeted excavations within the fort and the surrounding area we
aim to increase the knowledge about the fort and its environs, search
for missing Roman features such as the Bathhouse and reinstate damaged
areas of the outer fort.
We hope to include the Saddleworth community and schools in our
activities, including the onsite work and offsite research into the
existing archives and finds collections and bring a digitised library
to this website.
We are grateful for the support of the
|In 2012 the Friends Saddleworth
Archaeological Trust (FoSAT) merged with the Friends of
Castleshaw Roman Forts.
The Archived website of FoSAT is available here and includes various newsletters which may be of interest.