The CORIA Project

The Future

No major archaeological research work has been carried out on Roman Corbridge for more than a quarter of a century (although recent rescue excavations on the south bank of the Tyne saved the bridge abutment there from destruction). Moreover, it is nearly a century since the end of the first campaign of excavations and they have still not been adequately published. It has therefore been decided to institute a new independent interdisciplinary research initiative, The CORIA Project (CORIA stands for 'Corstopitum Outreach, Research, and Information Access' but Coria is also now widely thought to have been the Roman name for Corbridge, Corstopitum being an erroneous and confused version preserved in the Antonine Itinerary).

The CORIA Project has the declared aim of providing a final definitive publication of those first excavations, utilising all the available records, and producing it using the very latest technology in as many formats as prove feasible. In addition, to complement the earlier work, a new campaign of survey and limited excavation will be undertaken in order to clarify certain problems raised by the early excavations.

So is Corbridge the most exciting and important site in Roman Britain? Woolley certainly thought so when he got back after his first season there, although H.H.E. Craster, chairman of the Northumberland County History Committee (who had initiated the dig), quickly brought him back to earth with sage words:

Yes, a very successful dig. I don't think that anyone would now write a really detailed history of Roman Britain without putting in a footnote to the effect that 'there was also a Roman station at Corbridge.'

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