portable antiquities scheme - FRAG

FRAG at the Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference

PASt Explorers is the volunteer programme of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Their annual conference happened to be in Peterborough this year - so members from FRAG went along. It was a really good day. As well as a free lunch at the Key Theatre there were interesting talks by both experienced professionals and amateur ... More

Nassington Roman Barn Sept 2017

Back to Nassington – 2018

Year 3 and we're off. Back to Nassington with MidNAG to delve deeper into an Iron Age and Roman agricultural site. Old friends from as far away as New Zealand, and new friends from as near as Lincolnshire. Over the past 2 years we have discovered and explored an enigmatic Roman barn. Large, with fine herringbone ... More

normangate field geophysical survey 2018 - durham university

New Roman Street Map Available!

A geophysical survey of Normangate Field between Castor and the River Nene has revealed in spectacular detail the layout of the Roman industrial town which was once located there. The site formed an industrial suburb of Roman Peterborough - "Durobrivae". It is at the intersection of several major roads including Ermine ... More

portable antiquities scheme

Portable Antiquities Scheme – Peterborough Conference

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is run by the British Museum and has had huge success in systematic recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. A free to attend conference is being held in Peterborough at the Key Theatre on 13th September. The PASt Explorers Project ... More

Roman Castor - Stephen Upex

Roman Castor Revealed

Those participating in the FRAG guided walk near the church at Castor were able to spot the traces of the major Roman building which once occupied the site. Despite the best efforts of the Castor bell-ringers, Dr Stephen Upex was able to bring the history of the Roman presence in Castor to life - and place it in the ... More

a14 archaeology community dig

A14 Community Dig

On 14th May Helen O'Hara provided an overview of the archaeology arising from the massive road improvement project. She focused on previously unknown Saxon and Roman sites, but along the length of the new road a vast number of features and artefacts have been discovered. Now there is a chance for you to participate in a ... More

The Napoleonic Prison of Norman Cross

There is a new book about Norman Cross by Paul Chamberlain. Norman Cross Prison was the first ever purpose built prisoner of war camp. Its sub-title "The lost town of Huntingdonshire" emphasises its impact on the local community. Those who have heard Paul's talks about the prison will have been fascinated by his ability ... More


Flag Fen Flint Knapping Workshop

A flint knapping workshop organised by Vivacity took place at Flag Fen on Saturday. Eight students (including FRAG members) produced arrowheads, stone axes and a variety of sharp blades. However, it soon became clear that we should have started practicing many years before if we were ever to become as proficient as our ... More

Must Farm Artefacts

Peterborough Museum set to house Must Farm Collection

Plans are being finalised to expand Peterborough Museum in order to display the Must Farm collection of Bronze Age artefacts. Vivacity has been working with interested parties ranging from The British Museum and Historic England to Cambridge Archaeological Unit and Whittlesey Museum. The objective has been to find a ... More

Peterborough Cathedral Square History

The History and Archaeology of Cathedral Square

There is a newly published book about "The History and Archaeology of Cathedral Square Peterborough". It is written by Stephen Morris and brings together the investigation and monitoring work undertaken by Northamptonshire Archaeology (subsequently MOLA) during the improvements made to Peterborough city centre between ... More