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Roman Living History Display At Cawthorn Camp

Event, Pickering, North Yorkshire

The 1st century Roman Camp remains at Cawthorn were brought to life today with the help of the North York Moors National Park and the living history re-enactment group 'Legion VIII Augusta MGV'.

The event which brings to a close the National Parks Week celebrations in the region, saw hundreds of visitors of all ages attending and getting involved.

Several guided tours of the camp were provided, with serious archaeological study, or alternatively for people of all ages - aimed at being educational and fun.

National Parks Archaeologist Graham Lee took guests on an archaeologic discovery tour of the Roman Camp remains, whilst Petrus Turto (Peter Turton) guided families with children. All seemed delighted and inquisitive.

The very knowledgeable re-enactment and living history group: Legion VIII Augusta MGV put on a series of educational theatre style displays which included marching, Pagan style religious ceremonies and an artillery shoot. Image number four in this article, pictures the group firing a bolt towards a target, to the right middle of the image you can see the bolt in flight as it leaves the artillery weapon.

The group remained on hand and were more than happy to advise and discuss Roman history with all those interested.

Cawthorn Roman Camp Facts

It is the most famous Roman site in the North York Moors and recently work has been carried out to re-interpret the site.

For along time Cawthorn Camp is believed to have been used by the invading Roman forces as a practice camp. It is now clear that the well preserved earthwork remains - includes two forts, one with an annexe, together with a temporary camp, said to be built to a very unusual plan.

A path known as the Cawthorn Trail is marked out for visitors to walk along. From time to time there are guided tours presented by the North York Moors National Park Authority.





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