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A Roman altar from Epiacum dedicated to 'Sol Invictus' (the Unconquered Sun)
Although the Roman fort is undeniably the main attraction here, there is much more archaeology in the immediate vicinity, from pre-Roman and post-Roman times. The recent ‘Miner-Farmer’ landscape survey conducted by English Heritage, recorded archaeological sites throughout the Alston Moor landscape.
We have constructed a brief summary of local archaeology, presented in three sections:
For details of how to find more in-depth information about local archaeology, please see the ‘Research’ page of this website.
Map of the Roman frontier in the 2nd century AD.
This map, produced by English Heritage, shows Epiacum in relation to the Roman road network of northern England. The North Pennines are surrounded by Dere Street to the east, the Stanegate and Hadrian's Wall to the north, and the main road from York to Carlisle, now followed by the A66 over Stainmore, to the south, and the A6 to the west. The Maiden Way runs between Kirby Thore and Carvoran, and was presumably linked to lead and silver exploitation in the heart of the North Pennines. The possible road between Epiacum and Corbridge is shown as a dashed line.
|Many individuals and organisations are involved with the management of Epiacum. We would particularly like to thank the following:
Heritage Lottery Fund, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, English Heritage, Natural England
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