Keys to the Past

Binchester Roman Fort (Binchester)

Binchester © DCC 2007
Binchester © DCC 2007

Binchester © DCC 2007
Binchester © DCC 2007

Binchester © DCC 2007
Binchester © DCC 2007

Binchester © DCC 2007
Binchester © DCC 2007

Binchester © DCC 2007
Binchester © DCC 2007

This is the site of the Roman fort of Binchester. It stands on an area of flat land overlooking the River Wear, and guarded the point where it was crossed by the Roman road known as Dere Street. Much of the site is covered in grass, and part of the site has been destroyed by the river. The first mid 1st century fort was built of wood, but was replaced in stone and wood. It was rebuilt in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The remaining ramparts can be clearly seen as earthworks, and stones are visible in one or two places. The surrounding ditch is also visible in many places. The remains of the central road can also be seen as a slight bank.

This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument protected by law. Public access beyond the visitor centre is not permissible except with the express permission of landowners.

Reference number:D1420
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Legal status:Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1002362
Event(s):Excavation Programme, Binchester Roman Fort 2009 -2015; Dept of Archaelogy Durham Uni; Dept of Classics Stanford uni, DCC; Arch & Arch Durham & Northhumberl
Time Team at Binchester 2007
Geophysical Survey at Binchester Roman Fort 1997
Geophysical Survey at Binchester Roman Fort 2004; GeoQuest Associates
Evaluation at Binchester Roman Fort 1995; Northern Archaeological Associates
Metal Detecting Rally at Binchester Roman Fort and Vicus 1999; Unknown
Geophysical Survey at Binchester Fort for Time Team, 2007; GSB Prospection Ltd
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort 1878 - 1889
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort 1929
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort 1937
Excavation at Binchester Roman Fort 1955; Durham Colleges Archaeological Society
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort, 1976-1981
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort 1964 - 1970; Bishop Auckland Archaeological Research Group
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort 1972 - 1973; Bishop Auckland Archaeological Research Group
Resistivity survey at Binchester Roman Fort 1979
Fieldwalking at Binchester Roman fort 1978 - 1979
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort 1986 - 1991
Geophysical survey at Binchester Roman Fort 1987 - 1988; Bradford University
Evaluation at Binchester Hall, Bishop Auckland, 2005; Archaeological Services University of Durham
Observations at Binchester Roman Fort 1988; Bowes Museum
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort 1978; Bowes Museum Antiquities officer
An Archaeological Watching Brief at the car park site, Binchester Roman Fort, County Durham 1996; Northern Archaeological Associates
Durham Magnesian Limestone Survey 1983 - 1984; Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England
Watching Brief at the Car Park Site, Binchester Roman Fort; Northern Archaeological Associates
Geophysical Survey at Binchester Roman Fort, Area 1, 2009; Archaeological Services Durham University
Geophysical Survey at Binchester Roman Fort, Area 2, 2010 and 2013; Archaeological Services Durham University
Geophysical Survey at Binchester Roman Fort, Area 3, 2009 and 2013; Archaeological Services Durham University
Watching Brief at Binchester Roman Fort 2015; Pre-Construct Archaeology
Excavation at Binchester Roman Fort Cemetery, County Durham 2016 - 2017; Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort, County Durham 2018; Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd



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