Seizing the Day: How Segedunum became the most excavated fort on Hadrian's Wall

06 Oct 12 - 06 May 13

Excavations from the north east corner of the fort in 1975

Excavations from the north east corner of the fort in 1975

Excavations of the Segedunum Roman Fort were started by the late Charles Daniels of the Department of Archaeology, Newcastle University, in 1975 in preparation for new housing. The findings were so significant that the rescue operation continued for 9 years until 1984 and it was agreed that the remains would not be built over.

A complete plan of the fort was recovered and this major discovery showed the site’s development over the 300 years of its occupation by the Roman Army. As a result of this excavation, Segedunum is the most excavated fort along Hadrian’s Wall with surviving foundations of many buildings and part of the Wall itself.  

This new exhibition will tell the story of the excavations of the Fort and the development of the surrounding area.