Visiting any of the great national museums on the Continent (even the regional and local ones, come to that), students of Roman Britain could be forgiven for walking about the galleries filled floor to ceiling with altars, tombstones, and public inscriptions awestruck, but also a little downcast. What has Britain got to compare with it?
This collection of papers by Mark Hassall, for many years a lecturer at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology and co-editor of the epigraphic roundup for the journal Britannia, takes as its model a 1953 collection, Roman Britain and the Roman Army, by the eminent scholar of Roman Britain Eric Birley. Like that volume, this current collection takes stock of previously published research to present an academic ‘greatest hits’ compilation.
Review – New Visions of the Countryside of Roman Britain: Volume 2 – the rural economy of Roman Britain
This is the second volume in the New Visions of the Countryside of Roman Britain series. The first volume, published in 2016 (see CA 324), dealt with settlement evidence and the third volume will be much more people-focused, looking at identities, beliefs, and burial practices.
Review – First Stop North of Londinium: the archaeology of Roman Enfield and its roadline settlement
Excavations in the modern borough since 1966 by the Enfield Archaeological Society have revealed traces of a roadside settlement that might have been the first stopping point for travellers heading north from Londinium along Ermine Street.
New work at a large defended enclosure at Ebbsfleet, near Ramsgate, on the Isle of Thanet has identified what is claimed to be the first evidence for Julius Caesar’s invasions of Britain.
Nick Hodgson Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, £4.99 ISBN 978-0905974964 Review Matthew Symonds If you imagine Hadrian’s Wall, in your mind’s eye you will probably see it majestically crowning precipitous crags. Despite the drama of such a setting, it would be an anomaly. For most of its course, the Wall traverses more moderate terrain. […]
Michael Walsh The British Museum, £40.00 ISBN 978-0861592029 Review Edward Biddulph People have been collecting Samian pottery off the coast of Whitstable in Kent at least since the 18th century. The pottery may even have inspired the name of Pudding Pan, the area of the seabed from which much of the pottery has been recovered. […]
The discovery of London’s Temple of Mithras enthralled the public and inspired a generation of archaeologists. In 1954, tens of thousands queued for hours to see the newly uncovered Roman remains. Today, the temple has opened to visitors once more, reconstructed close to its original location – CA went along to find out more. Around […]
It is a problem not often considered: the difficulty of feeding armies while they are hundreds of miles from home or any of their allies. Previously, it was taken for granted that supplies were procured from local sources. But a new study by Dr Peter Guest and Dr Richard Madgwick of Cardiff University, with colleagues […]
Nick Hodgson Robert Hale, £19.99 ISBN 978-0719818158 Review Matthew Symonds Creating the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail has led to a steady rise in guidebooks catering to walkers following the former frontier, but books providing an authoritative biography of the border works remain rare. The standard undergraduate textbook – and entry point for anyone seriously interested […]