Ribchester Roman Museum and Fort
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The heyday of Ribchester seems to have been the 2nd century, but the site was occupied well into the 4th century.
The most famous find at Ribchester was not the result of archaeological investigation, but was discovered accidentally in 1796 by a clogmaker's son playing behind his house. The boy unearthed the so-called Ribchester Horde, a cache of cavalry gear and other military metal items stashed in a wooden box beneath the floor of a barrack chamber. The Horde was probably placed in the box about 120 AD, and may represent the private belongings of a single soldier.
The first proper excavations of Bremetennacum Veteranorum took place in the 19th century, and subsequent investigations have been carried out at regular intervals since. As finds accummulated, it made sense to establish a museum to preserve and display them to visitors. This was done in 1915, when the Ribchester Museum of Roman Antiquities opened its doors. The original museum was expanded several times, most recently in 2001, to create a modern visitor centre and exhibition area.
Finds include objects found at the Roman fort as well as prehistoric objects discovered in the area. In recent years the museum has sponsored a yearly Roman re-enactment day each July, featuring demonstrations of Roman daily life and military engagements. Just across from the museum is the parish church of St Wilfrid's, which incorporates stones from the fort into its fabric.
About Ribchester Roman Museum and Fort
Address: Riverside, Ribchester, Lancashire, England, PR3 3XS
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: Car parking in Ribchester village (200 meters) or at St Wilfrid's church opposite.
Website: Ribchester Roman Museum and Fort
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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