Thursday, 13 March 2014

Roman Castleford

Roman Castleford is an extremely important archaeological site. Between the years 1974 and 2005 archaeologists have excavated over 30 trenches in Castleford.

Material from the site is now on display at Castleford Forum Museum.

The most well-known find is the Roman fort of Lagentium, but the archaeologists also found evidence of the civilian settlement and discovered what happened at the site when the Roman army left.

Tens of thousands of objects were found. These finds tell the story of the people of Roman Castleford.

Castleford is not just another Roman site. Some of the finds are unique. The archaeologists found evidence of crafts that have not been found elsewhere in Britain.

Do you want to know more?

Visit Castleford Forum Museum (click here for details)

The major excavations carried out in Castleford are fully published by the West Yorkshire Archaeology Service in 'Roman Castleford: Excavations 1974-85', Vols 1-3, 1998-2001. Ordering details are on their website (click here).

The West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service holds information on sites in Castleford in the Historic Environment Record and also has information on their website about the Romans in West Yorkshire (click here).