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Between 1906 and 1914, over 22 hectares of Roman Corbridge (Coria) were excavated by local labourers. Their discoveries were of national significance and the quality and quantity of Coria’s artefacts and buildings astounded visitors and archaeologists alike.
Each season, local brick makers, gardeners, miners and quarrymen were employed to shift the tonnes of soil which had hidden Coria from sight for centuries. Their work was fundamental in the discovery of Coria but their stories have been untold until now. Using a series of photographs, some staged, some candid, we have started to identify the anonymous workers at the heart of this extraordinary exploration and have placed them in context across the archaeological site that they helped to uncover.
The Romans move a fort half a mile west to the present Corbridge site.
Corbridge is burnt down, possibly in enemy action. A new fort is built.
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After Hadrian builds his wall, Corbridge provides support for it.
Under Hadrian's successor, Antoninus Pius, the fort is rebuilt, using stone for many of the main buildings.
Corbridge becomes a base for legionaries to help man Hadrian's Wall and is run as a supply depot and market.
A fire destroys much of Corbridge, possibly during an invasion across Hadrian's Wall.
Corbridge has special walled compounds for two legionary units, and a large town grows up around the garrison and supply centre.
The fort is apparently abandoned soon after Roman rule in Britain collapses.
King John digs here for treasure, finding nothing but stones 'marked with brass, iron and lead'.
Antiquaries such as John Leland, William Camden and Roger Gale take an interest in the site.
Extensive yearly excavations explore the central area and remains in surrounding fields. A miniature railway is built to remove the spoil in wagons.
Landowner HD Cuthbert gives the central part of the site to the nation.
Annual training excavations at Corbridge produce a generation of Hadrian's Wall archaeologists and Roman army experts.
Archaeologists discover a disintegrated chest that contains a hoard of military equipment, tools and other items from the 2nd century.
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The last major excavation takes place. The site is handed over to English Heritage.
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