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Altar to Jupiter unearthed

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A complete Roman altar, the first to be uncovered since 1870, has been found on Camp Farm in Maryport.

The altar, discovered by Beckfoot volunteer John Murray, has lain buried for uo to 1,600 years.

Tony Wilmott, site director of the Maryport excavation, said that it was the most exciting find he had known in 42 years as an archaeologist and 25 years working on Hadrian

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The BBC is carrying a similar version of this story here.

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Past Horizons has a retrospective piece here on this seasons' excavations at Maryport one of the highlights of which is the new altar stone but evidence for continued occupation into the 5th and 6th centuries and the possibility of additional dating evidence from textile and bone finds are also something to look forward to.

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