The Marton community heritage project, celebrating the rich Roman Heritage of Marton
Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, through the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership (there’s lots more detail at www.trentvale.co.uk) we have been able to organise a series of events over the past three years to celebrate the rich Roman heritage in Marton, just south of Gainsborough.
A very important Roman road ran through Marton, along what is now Littleborough Lane. This road linked Ermine Street, just to the north of Lincoln, with York, thus avoiding the Humber crossing. There is a Roman marching camp just to the south of the road which has been designated a nationally important Scheduled Monument.
We have also known for many years, through fieldwalking and geophysical survey, that there was extensive Roman settlement along both sides of the road between the modern village of Marton and the Trent. On the other side of the Trent, in Nottinghamshire, lies the documented Roman town of Littleborough, or Segelocum as it was know by the Romans.
The events that have been held include fieldwalking of the settlement site, a Roman ‘living history’ weekend, and a drama project with Marton Primary School.
In September and October 2012 we held a community excavation on part of the settlement area, supervised by professional archaeological company, Archaeological Project Services. We held an exhibition of what was found in Marton on 16th December 2012, and you can see the exhibition …
You can also download a copy of the leaflet, summarising what happened during the digging, and what was found.
If you want to know more about the history and archaeology of Marton, you can download a leaflet which will give you some information.
Once the excavation report is complete it will be downloadable here.