Caistor Roman Project has been allocated £84,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project (“From Roman town to medieval manor: community research and capability development at Caistor St Edmund”) which will build on the work carried out in the area over the last six years. The project will start immediately (June 2016) and continue until 2019, investigating the area outside the walls of the Roman town of Venta Icenorum, and the Anglo-Saxon settlement that developed on the town’s peripheries following the Roman period. It will allow local volunteers to develop skills in all aspects of practical archaeology and bring the story of Caistor to the wider public, thanks to National Lottery players.
Using geophysical survey and small-scale excavation we will investigate the parts of the Roman town that lie beneath the present village of Caistor St Edmund and the surrounding fields. We will also continue our investigation into what happened at the end of the Roman period and how settlement changed from the Roman town into the village that we know today. The project will continue to develop the expertise of the volunteer members of Caistor Roman Project, an organization that was started to help local volunteers participate in the University of Nottingham’s research at the site and which is now an active community archaeology group in its own right. Through hands-on work in the field and through a programme of workshops, members can participate in all aspects of archaeology from project design through to publication. Part of the new project will involve working with local schools and the wider community to bring the excitement of archaeology to people of all ages and backgrounds. Membership of CRP is open to all and includes membership of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust, who own and protect Caistor Roman Town. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in the work and CRP can be contacted via our website http://www.caistorromanproject.org.