Dig It! with YAC at Ribchester Roman fort
A team of archaeologists from the University of Central Lancashire are working on an amazing Roman site at Ribchester in Lancashire this summer. And they would love you to join them on site for a full day working as an archaeologist!
Three lucky young archaeologists will be joining the team on Saturday 8th July 2017.
During their Dig It! with YAC day our winners will dig, wash finds, and learn other archaeological skills too – in fact, they’ll learn what being an archaeologist is really like!
And that's not all... each of our winners will receive an amazing haversack of archaeological tools from our friends at Past Horizons, complete with their own trowel!
To be in with a chance of winning a full day working with the archaeologists on site at Ribchester Roman fort on Saturday 8th July 2017, just answer this question:
What was the Roman name for Ribchester? (Hint... read on to find out!)
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to include your name, age and address.
Closing date: The closing date for this competition has now past.
Winners must be free on Saturday 8th July 2017, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to the site. More information about the Dig It! with YAC day will be sent to our prize winners on Monday 26th June by both email and first class post. Please ensure you include your postal address in your entry email.
Ribchester, or Bremetennacum to use its Latin name, was founded in the early 70s AD as part of a network of forts in northern Britain. It became an important stopping off point for Roman troops on their way to Hadrian's Wall. The first Roman troops to be stationed at Ribchester were the Ala II Asturum, a cavalry unit all the way from Spain, and they would have stayed within a wooden fort at Ribchester. Their main job was protecting the river crossing and controlling the surrounding area.
Eventually a stone fort was built at Ribchester and a new group of solders, the Sarmation cavalry all the way from Eastern Europe were stationed at Ribchester. One of the most famous finds from Ribchester is a cavalry helmet. Discovered in the late 18th century, it is one of only three ever found in the country.
This summer the archaeologists will be excavating inside and outside the northern section of the fort. This includes a guardhouse for the northern entrance, a possible fabrica/barrack building and the outer ditch of the fort. Ribchester is an amazing site; the dig featured on the BBC's Digging for Britain in 2016, and the site is being filmed again this year! Lots of archaeologists would love to work at Ribchester Roman fort... Enter our competition, and you could join the team from the University of Central Lancashire on Saturday 8th July to explore this incredible site.
Check out the Diggers' Diary of last year's winners!