Community Archaeology Dig at Castleshaw Fort

Find out about and be part of new proposals to excavate and conserve Castleshaw Roman Fort!

The site of the Roman forts at Castleshaw has fascinated historians and archaeologists for over 250 years but many questions remain unanswered.  Now you have a chance to help answer these questions by supporting plans for a community dig at the site!

The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts have organised an evening meeting to set out plans for an excavation strategy for the site and get your feedback.

Join us to find out more:

Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill, Tuesday 10th July 7.30pm-9.00pm

The event will also include an illustrated talk by County Archaeologist Norman Redhead on the importance of Castleshaw Roman Forts and a short presentation on other successful community archaeology projects in Greater Manchester.

The remains of the Roman fort and fortlet at Castleshaw are the most important archaeological site in the borough of Oldham, find out more information here on Castleshaw Roman Fort and Fortlet

A key recommendation of the recently produced Conservation Management Plan for the site is to develop an excavation strategy to examine the Roman fort site and its surrounding area. This will make it possible to understand, interpret and manage the site better, and provide a great opportunity for the local community to get involved with this exciting project.

Local people and archaeology enthusiasts are encouraged to come along to the event at Saddleworth Museum on 10 July 2012 to discuss the plans for and get involved in developing the excavation strategy and taking the project forward. 

Admission is free. Just come along on the night, although it would be useful for judging numbers if you can let the Museum Curator know if you plan to attend. Please email:

curator@saddleworthmuseum.net or Tel: 01457 874093