Excavation Programme - 2024

This season’s work will focus principally on:

  • Confirming the character and extent of the ditch and rampart defending the military annexe.
  • Defining the form and nature of internal roads, buildings, ovens and possible industrial processes within the annexe.

This season we will continue our archaeological investigations within the newly discovered military annexe which is attached to the east side of the Agricolan fort.

21 days have been allocated for excavation, with the possibility of a further 3 depending on progress and results. The proposed excavation dates are as follows:

  • Sat 18th May
  • Sat 25th, Sun 26th and Mon 27th May
  • Sat 15th June and Sun 16th June
  • Sat 13th July, Sun 14th and Mon 15th July
  • Sun 28th July, Mon 29th and Tues 30th July
  • Sat 3rd Aug, Sun 4th Aug and Mon 5th Aug
  • Fri 9th Aug, Sat 10th Aug and Sun 11th Aug
  • Sat 24th Aug, Sun 25th Aug and Mon 26th Aug
Reserve dates depending on progress: Fri 30th Aug, Sat 31st Aug and Sun 1st Sept.

Members may book to dig, see the Membership page for details (subject to places available).
Visiters are welcome at all time to see what we are doing.

Lecture/Activity Programme - 2024

January 17th

Brian Stitch - Roman coins in East Yorkshire

February 21st

Julie Edwards - Archaeological finds from the Chester Amphitheatre

Marth 20th

AGM and Update on excavations by Norman Redhead

Talks Entry is £1-00 for members,  £3-00 for non-members.

Unless indicated all meetings are at
 Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill, OL3 6AE

   7:30 pm                      Directions/Map ... Here.                  T.B.C. = To Be Confirmed
Use the side entrance to the Civic Hall (Near the rear car park)
and it's the room facing you through the door.

Next committee meeting

Digital version of 'Saddleworth Seven One Two'

We are very pleased to have been given permission to publish a digital version of the booklet 'Saddleworth Seven One Two'.
This booklet contains the work of The late Donald Haigh and the '712 Group' during the 1970s and early 1980s in tracing the route of Roman Road 'Margary 712' From Manchester, out of Oldham and towards the forts at Castleshaw.
For futher details see here, the booklet is available from the Documents page.



The next scheduled meeting of the Friends is:

  Tues  11th Sept,  7:30 pm  at Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. (map)




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