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The Roman Cemetery at Brougham, Cumbria Excavations 1966-67

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In 1966 and 1967 excavations by the then Ministry of Public Buildings and Works were undertaken in the Roman cemetery that lies to the east of the fort and vicus of Brougham, Cumbria. The majority of the excavations took place under very difficult circumstances as the site was being destroyed to build a new road. A cremation burial cemetery of the third century was uncovered. This still remains the largest area of a cemetery ever to have been dug in the Roman North. The range of finds they produced have long been recognised as a resource of national importance.

During 2000 to 2002 Barbican Research Associates was funded by English Heritage to analyse the archive. The full report on this is published as a Britannia Monograph by the Roman Society (Cool, H.E.M., 2004, The Roman Cemetery at Brougham, Cumbria. Excavations 1966-67. Britannia Monograph 21 (London)). So that future researchers can explore the data effectively, the monograph includes a database which contains all of the information about the different deposits, the human and animal bone, and the pyre and grave goods. This database is being lodged with the ADS to make it more widely accessible and to ensure that the data continues to be actively curated.

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