Epiacum chosen as an example by The Lost Words author Robert Macfarlane

Prize winning author, and Cambridge Fellow Dr Robert Macfarlane cited Epiacum as an example of his word of the day today. Using the English Heritage aerial photo of Epiacum Roman Fort to illustrate his definition of Palimpsest 

We feel that the LIDAR image shows off the depth of time of this incredible site even better – and Dr Macfarlane agrees that it is stunning.

Thanks to Dr David Petts from Durham University for alerting us to the tweet

It was great to see several of our own followers keen to join in the online conversation:


And we can’t help but agree – what a workplace we have!


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, Historic England, and Natural England