Under a green open space within the town of Brough on Humber lies one of the forgotten gems of Roman Britain, the Fort, Port and Town of Petuaria. Founded in 70 AD and abandoned at the end of the Roman rule it was one of the major trading centres in Northern Britain as well the capital of the local Celtic tribe, the Parisi.
In 2018 our project started to bring Petuaria back to life with extensive Geo Physical surveys. The results were astounding and partially matched the results of earlier excavations but showed tantalizing hints of even more exciting secrets.
Our results showed a D shape feature that conformed to that of a Roman Theatre which we know from an inscription found, existed there. The summer of 2020, excavation work commenced and uncovered a Late Roman high-status building. Due to the stunning archaeology uncovered, additional excavations are required to establish what this and other unique feature are. To achieve this, we need to raise £5,000, to allow the members of the local community to explore this exciting and unique site that could change our view of the Romans in the north.
A key part of our project focuses on using our project to support personal wellbeing, healthy living and community cohesion. We also focus on participants especially children and young people who would not normally engage in archaeology due to personal life circumstances.
The funds we raise will go to pay for post excavation costs and the social initiatives we are putting in place with the project. We will be providing free places to individuals and groups as well as bursaries, childcare cost, feeding and undertaking making the project Carbon Neutral. Our vision is to ensure the project is Carbon Neutral by implementing recycling, planting native trees and providing a Roman herb garden providing free pick your own herbs for all.