News from Roland Wicksteed for August 2012

  • Romans by the Rivers

    13:58 30 August 2012
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe

    It’s July and national archaeology month so it’s back to Galava for a bit more consolidation, to preserve the site for future archaeologists and everyone else. This year the plan is to finish the consolidation of the Roman walls and upgrade the presentation of some previous work for a consistent look to the site. 

    The site before work.


    And the bit to be grassed over.

    First remove the turf…

    Then clear the soil away…

    A Find!

    Using the soil and turf to improve the presentation of some earlier consolidation.

    A wall ready for consolidation.

    Stone and lime mortar are introduced to the wall to preserve the roman work for the future.

    A nice bit of consolidation.

    All Done (for this year)

    Ray Gregory
    Ranger
    Windermere & Troutbeck

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Ranger. It is a privilege to live and work in this beautiful area; it is unique. I am based at Windermere and Troutbeck. My favourite work is drystone walling and hedgelaying. I enjoy instructing Working Holiday Groups in both of these traditional crafts. Part of my work involves keeping the numbers of "invasive non native species" down as much as possible. I also continue to work on a project, the aim of which is to increase the numbers of the scarce touch me not balsam plants,(yellow flowering plants in the image's background!) which the rare netted carpet moth depends upon for its survival. The numbers of moths and plants are mainly restricted to a few small sites in The Lake District.

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