Roman Britain

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Review – Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon Settlement along the Empingham to Hannington Pipeline in Northamptonshire and Rutland

S Carlyle, J Clarke, and A Chapman Archaeopress, £26.00 ISBN 978-1784915346 Review Edward Biddulph A mixed blessing for archaeologists, pipelines slice through the countryside, offering the chance to investigate and compare the use through time of different landscapes, but, constrained by the width of the pipeline trench, the slice is invariably too narrow to gain […]

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Roman sarcophagus found in Southwark

Archaeologists working in Southwark have uncovered a late Roman sarcophagus, the contents of which are soon to be examined at the Museum of London’s archive.  The excavation was carried out at Harper Road by Pre-Construct Archaeology (working on behalf of the archaeological consultancy CGMS, for Galliard Homes), in an area known as the Southern Cemetery. Lying […]

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New evidence of Iron Age – Roman transition dug up in Dorset

Further excavations by Bournemouth University at North Down, Winterborne Kingston, in Dorset, have revealed a later Bronze Age settlement and an enclosed farmstead of later Iron Age date. The investigation, conducted by staff and students together with field school participants and local volunteers, will hopefully shed more light on the transition from tribal society to Roman provincial administration […]

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Multiplying Lufton fishes

The first project to excavate at Lufton Roman villa since the 1960s has revealed new details of the Somerset site’s famous octagonal fish mosaic. Surrounding a deep pool that has been variously interpreted as an ostentatious bath, a Christian baptistery, or part of an impressive suite of reception rooms, the elaborate 4th-century floor was first […]

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Review – Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain

Edited by David Bird Oxbow Books, £40.00 ISBN 978-1785703195 Review John Manley This book of 17 papers provides a significant overview of our current understanding of agriculture and industry in south-eastern Roman Britain. It opens with a summarising chapter drawn from the New Visions of the Countryside of Roman Britain project, followed by a scene-setting […]

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Rome’s homes on the range

Revealing the Romano-British countryside Roman villas have an enduring appeal but, glamorous as they are, such complexes and their attendant lifestyle should not be taken to represent normality in Roman Britain. A newly published monograph on rural settlement seeks to redress the balance and illuminate the experiences of the majority of the population – as […]

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Cartimandua’s capital?

Roman diplomacy and the rise of Stanwick Roman meddling in northern England has long been held responsible for a remarkable fortified complex at Stanwick, North Yorkshire. But what was once seen as a centre of resistance to Rome’s rule, is now being cast as an instrument of her domination. Colin Haselgrove explained to Matthew Symonds […]

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Review – The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain

Martin Millett, Louise Revell, and Alison Moore (eds) OUP, £110 ISBN 978-0199697731 Review MS How are we to get a handle on Roman Britain? Traditionally, the answer has been to construct a skeleton chronology using surviving snippets of information in the ancient literature, and then flesh it out with archaeological evidence. This tried-and-tested technique has […]

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The archaeology of the domestic cat

Of mousers and men When did cats graduate from convenient pest-control to one of the world’s most popular pets, and how can you tell the difference in the archaeological record? The answer, John Buglass and Jennifer West suggest, may lie in Roman Yorkshire. Today, the image of a pet cat purring on its owner’s lap […]

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