Archaeologists bid for signs of Norman conquest

Archaeologists bid for signs of Norman conquest
Archaeologists bid for signs of Norman conquest

A view from Penrith Beacon trying in direction of the nineteenth Century Lowther Fortress

Archaeologists are hoping to uncover uncommon proof of the Norman conquest of Cumbria.

A dig can be carried out north of Lowther Fortress, close to Penrith, within the first excavation of the location.

They may discover the stays of what seems to be a medieval citadel and village, with the aim of uncovering proof of when it was constructed.

“The positioning is extremely fascinating however we all know little or no about it,” stated Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler, venture lead.

The Normans took over the bulk of England in 1066 however by no means made it so far as Cumbria, which was then an impartial kingdom.

The conquerors lastly annexed the area in 1092 however even then their management of the world was sporadic.

Preliminary work suggests the location may date again to the late eleventh or early twelfth Centuries, when the empire was increasing.

If that’s the case, it could present uncommon proof of the conquest of Cumbria by King William Rufus (William II) and his brother King Henry I.

William II was King of England from 26 September 1087 until his death in 1100, with powers over Normandy and influence in Scotland

William II was King of England from 1087 till 1100, with powers over Normandy and affect in Scotland

“It is well-known across the area as an exquisite time out with its spectacular ruins on the nineteenth Century citadel but in addition within the floor are the stays of what appear to be a medieval citadel and an connected village,” Dr Ambler, of Lancaster College, informed BBC Radio Cumbria.

“We’re going to conduct a geophysical survey and open a pair of trenches. We hope to have the ability to discover out the date of the location and the biography of the location over the generations.

“That is significantly vital as a result of we have now so little written proof for early and central medieval Cumbria.”

Cumbria is just not included in the Domesday Book (the survey of England compiled by King William I) and few data have survived.

Dr Jim Morris, from the College of Central Lancashire, whose college students will perform the summer season dig, stated the location “might rewrite our understanding” of the Normans in Cumbria.

“There has by no means been an archaeological dig on this website earlier than and there’s little or no archaeological data of the early Norman interval.

“We’re enthusiastic about what we would uncover.”

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