Village Uncovered, Marton Community Heritage Project

Village Uncovered, Marton Community Heritage Project Blog

New photostream on Flickr

Having been to the very interesting and enjoyable MuBu showcase day on Friday 4th March, and heard great things about using Flickr to show off project photos, I decided to upload some of the Marton Village Uncovered project.  Do take a look!


Check out the new film of Marton

The village and landscape of Marton and its Roman finds have inspired a beautiful film made by Sez-U Theatre.  Click here to take a look…


Drama at Marton school

I went to watch a Roman play at Marton Primary School on 15th February – it was fantastic!!

We employed Fergus and Laura from Sezu Theatre to come into school and work with the Junior children for two days (14th and 15th February).  They handled and discussed real finds from the Roman settlement site, including brooches, coins, tweezers, cosmetic tools and pottery.  Then they came up with a play about a Roman Market, with a well-to-do family doing their shopping.  The children made all their own scenery, with stalls selling food, jewellery, weapons, pottery and even slaves.  They re-made some of the finds they had seen out of cardboard to sell on their stalls.

The children had a lovely time, and their headteacher said ‘This really is what learning is about – fun, enthusiasm and inspiration’. 

They performed their play for their families, which got a really big round of applause.

The slave stall

Selling slaves in the Roman Market


The whole cast

The whole cast in the Roman Market

Jewellery Land

Roman Jewellery Land


Living history images…

We have some great images to show you from the Roman Living History weekend.  Click here to see the You Tube slide show.


The latest on the Marton project

We are hoping to reschedule the digging and all the school activities on the Roman roadside settlement in Marton to March 2011, although this will depend entirely on when the field will be available.

Meanwhile, in the New Year, we will be going ahead with our community drama based on the archaeology.  If you would like to volunteer to help out please do get in touch.


Marton dig under a snow drift

The excavation of the Roman roadside settlement was due to start at Marton this week for two weeks, ending on Sunday 12th December.  You will have already guessed that we have had to postpone it due to the weather, although we are reviewing the conditions every day. The school acivities have also been postponed.   Hopefully the weather will improve soon, and we’ll be able to carry on!

Littleborough Lane under snow

The old Roman Road at Marton under snow on 3rd December


The site huts under snow, Marton is in the background.

Site huts under snow, with Marton village in the background


The trench at Marton under snow

The archaeological trench at Marton under snow


Guest blog by Mike Garrett

Mike Garrett came along as a volunteer to help us out with the Living History Weekend.  Click on the link below to find out what Mike’s thoughts are on the weekend.   We are very grateful for all his help with the project.

The Romans are coming


Volunteer for the archaeological excavation!

You can volunteer to take part in an archaeological excavation in Marton in November 2010.  You don’t need any experience, just enthusiasm and interest in local history and archaeological.  If you would like to take part simply contact us and give us your contact details.


Bring objects to life with our community play!

At Marton we are planning  a community excavation, as part of this we hope to create a play based on the objects found and excavated.

If these objects could talk – what would they say about who owned them and what their life was like back in ancient Roman Britain. The idea of our play is to try to bring these objects and artefact’s to life.

We are looking for a wide section of the community who wish to play a part to get involved, this can be to perform or even to work behind the scenes, writing the stories and producing props. We would like as many volunteers as possible.


Uncovering lives of the Roman roadside settlement

Roman remains have been recorded as coming from Marton for many years.  Tillbridge Lane was a major Roman road to York which avoided the Humber crossing, and next to the road in Marton a settlement grew up and flourished throughout the whole of the Roman period.  Finds can still be picked up from the surfaces of the fields which tell us more about how people lived at that time: this and  geophysical survey has told us a little about what is buried below the surface. 

 We are organising an excavation in November 2010 and we want members of the community in and around Marton to come and help.  You don’t need to have any experience, you just need to book a place!


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