The Roman Fort Derventio near Malton with the adjoining vicus was the destination for an excellent Pendle Archaeology Group day trip.
The morning weather was kind to the group with plenty of sunshine and little rain. After setting off bright and early from various starting points and visiting a coffee shop, the group gathered at The Old Lodge, Malton. We were met by Senior Lecturer Steve Roskams from the Archaeology Department of the University of York.
The Roman Fort Derventio
Derventio Brigantium to give it its full name was founded around AD71 but both a Norman castle and Elizabethan house were later erected on the site. After an introductory talk, we walked out of the fort where students are currently carrying out excavations under the direction of Steve. Originally excavated in the 1930s, Time Team have also dug on this site and a video can be seen here.
We learnt about the Romans in Malton, and the place of Roman Malton within Roman Britain. We were excited to handle some Roman finds including pottery, a coin, a key and a glass bead. It was probably 1500 years since these last saw the light of day!
Following our tour of the site, the group enjoyed some free time. Activities included visiting Malton museum (small but interesting), walking around Malton itself (interesting buildings) and visiting a café (again!). Rain and hail then stopped play, but the group enjoyed an interesting and educational trip.
Our thanks to Catherine Rousseau-Jones for organising it and Steve Roskams for a fascinating tour.
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