Edge of Empire. Recent work on Roman history in the North West
On October 5th 2019 we met at Wigan and Leigh College for a day school on recent developments in Roman archaeology. Jim Morris of the University of Central Lancashire described five years of excavations at Ribchester while Norman Redhead updated us on developments in Manchester and Castleshaw. Cheshire was represented by Mark Leah, the Principal Archaeologist for the Cheshire Archaeology Planning Advisory Service, who told us about recent work in Chester. Ian Miller described the discussions over the location of Roman Coccium and the evidence that Wigan was its site. He also led a walk round the town pointing out the places of interest to historians and archaeologists. Those who did not want to join the walk heard Mike Nevell of the Centre for Applied Archaeology in Salford talk about the Roman rural hinterland. The day proved very popular attracting attendees from Wigan as well as Antiquarian Society members.