ROMAN STONES IN TYNEDALE CHURCHES

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LOCATION: 
VARIOUS IN NORTH TYNEDALE
PROJECT TITLE: 
SURVEY OF ROMAN STONES IN TYNEDALE CHURCHES
ACTIVITIES: 
Survey, drawing, photography and desk-based research
TARGETS: 
To find unrecorded Roman altars and architectural fragments and find where they came from.
ABOUT THE PROJECT: 

The first survey of Roman stone artefacts in churches and other buidings in the Tyne Valley and north Tynedale

Many churches in the Tyne Valley and north Tynedale contain Roman stone artefacts or architectural elements. For example, there are Roman altars in the churches at Heavenfield, St John Lee and Chollerton. The chancel arch at Corbridge church is a complete re-erected Roman structure while a nave arcade at Chollerton is supported by re-used Roman columns. Roman stones will also be found in buildings other than churches in the area. Most of these items are unpublished and there has never been a systematic survey and record of this Roman material or a study of which Roman sites and buildings in the Wall area the material is likely to have been brought from, when and why.

Activities will include:

  • Participants will photograph and make measured drawings of Roman stone artefacts
  • Participants will compile a catalogue of Roman stone artefacts
  • Under the guidance of professional archaeologists participants will undertake a study of which Roman sites and buildings in the Wall area the material is likely to have been brought from, when and why.
  • The artefacts and the results of the study will be made accessible on the programme website and also in an illustrated and accessible publication

In the spring and summer of 2014 small dedicated teams of researchers went out to a number of churches including the delightful parish churches of Chollerton, Corbirdge and Warden. Here they identified and recorded the in-situ Roman stonework that had been incorporated into the subsequent early medieval church fabric. These records and the accompanying research data will form the basis of a forthcoming booklet about the use of Roman remains in later buildings in the Tyne valley.