Artefacts in Roman Britain

Artefacts in Roman Britain
  • Author : Lindsay Allason-Jones
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 375
  • Relase : 2011-02-10
  • ISBN : 9780521860123

Artefacts in Roman Britain Book Review:

Helps the student understand the numerous artefacts from Roman Britain and what they reveal about life in the province.

Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices in the Northwest Provinces of the Roman Empire

Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices in the Northwest Provinces of the Roman Empire
  • Author : Stefanie Hoss,Alissa Whitmaore
  • Publisher : Oxbow Books
  • Pages : 200
  • Relase : 2016-07-31
  • ISBN : 9781785702594

Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices in the Northwest Provinces of the Roman Empire Book Review:

Small finds – the stuff of everyday life – offer archaeologists a fascinating glimpse into the material lives of the ancient Romans. These objects hold great promise for unravelling the ins and outs of daily life, especially for the social groups, activities, and regions for which few written sources exist. Focusing on amulets, brooches, socks, hobnails, figurines, needles, and other “mundane” artefacts, these 12 papers use small finds to reconstruct social lives and practices in the Roman Northwest provinces. Taking social life broadly, the various contributions offer insights into the everyday use of objects to express social identities, Roman religious practices in the provinces, and life in military communities. By integrating small finds from the Northwest provinces with material, iconographic, and textual evidence from the whole Roman empire, contributors seek to demystify Roman magic and Mithraic religion, discover the latest trends in ancient fashion (socks with sandals!), explore Roman interactions with Neolithic monuments, and explain unusual finds in unexpected places. Throughout, the authors strive to maintain a critical awareness of archaeological contexts and site formation processes to offer interpretations of past peoples and behaviors that most likely reflect the lived reality of the Romans. While the range of topics in this volume gives it wide appeal, scholars working with small finds, religion, dress, and life in the Northwest provinces will find it especially of interest. Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices grew out of a session at the 2014 Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference.

The Finds of Roman Britain

The Finds of Roman Britain
  • Author : Guy De la Bédoyère
  • Publisher : B T Batsford Limited
  • Pages : 242
  • Relase : 1989
  • ISBN : UOM:39015017924534

The Finds of Roman Britain Book Review:

In the ancient world the Roman Empire was not only a great military power but also a trading and industrial one. This was no less true in Britain where in archaeological terms Roman levels are distinguished from prehistoric and post-Roman ones by the sheer mass of finds - pottery, coins, brooches, tools and all sorts of everyday objects - made of almost every material known at the time. Excavations since the 19th century have produced a vast amount of information and artefacts from the Roman period.

The Material Fall of Roman Britain, 300-525 CE

The Material Fall of Roman Britain, 300-525 CE
  • Author : Robin Fleming
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Pages : 296
  • Relase : 2021-06-11
  • ISBN : 9780812297362

The Material Fall of Roman Britain, 300-525 CE Book Review:

Although lowland Britain in 300 CE had been as Roman as any province in the empire, in the generations on either side of 400, urban life, the money economy, and the functioning state collapsed. Many of the most quotidian and fundamental elements of Roman-style material culture ceased to be manufactured. Skills related to iron and copper smelting, wooden board and plank making, stone quarrying, commercial butchery, horticulture, and tanning largely disappeared, as did the knowledge standing behind the production of wheel-thrown, kiln-fired pottery and building in stone. No other period in Britain's prehistory or history witnessed the loss of so many classes of once-common skills and objects. While the reasons for this breakdown remain unclear, it is indisputable the collapse was foundational in the making of a new world we characterize as early medieval. The standard explanation for the emergence of the new-style material culture found in lowland Britain by the last quarter of the fifth century is that foreign objects were brought in by "Anglo-Saxon" settlers. Marshalling a wealth of archaeological evidence, Robin Fleming argues instead that not only Continental immigrants, but also the people whose ancestors had long lived in Britain built this new material world together from the ashes of the old, forging an identity that their descendants would eventually come to think of as English. As with most identities, she cautions, this was one rooted in neither birth nor blood, but historically constructed, and advanced and maintained over the generations by the shared material culture and practices that developed during and after Rome's withdrawal from Britain.

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain
  • Author : Martin Millett,Louise Revell,Alison Moore
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 704
  • Relase : 2016-08-04
  • ISBN : 9780191002526

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain Book Review:

This book provides a twenty-first century perspective on Roman Britain, combining current approaches with the wealth of archaeological material from the province. This volume introduces the history of research into the province and the cultural changes at the beginning and end of the Roman period. The majority of the chapters are thematic, dealing with issues relating to the people of the province, their identities and ways of life. Further chapters consider the characteristics of the province they lived in, such as the economy, and settlement patterns. This Handbook reflects the new approaches being developed in Roman archaeology, and demonstrates why the study of Roman Britain has become one of the most dynamic areas of archaeology. The book will be useful for academics and students interested in Roman Britain.

A Companion to Roman Britain

A Companion to Roman Britain
  • Author : Malcolm Todd
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 528
  • Relase : 2008-04-15
  • ISBN : 9780470998854

A Companion to Roman Britain Book Review:

This major survey of the history and culture of Roman Britain spans the period from the first century BC to the fifth century AD. Major survey of the history and culture of Roman Britain Brings together specialists to provide an overview of recent debates about this period Exceptionally broad coverage, embracing political, economic, cultural and religious life Focuses on changes in Roman Britain from the first century BC to the fifth century AD Includes pioneering studies of the human population and animal resources of the island.

The Romanization of Britain

The Romanization of Britain
  • Author : Martin Millett
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 276
  • Relase : 1992-06-11
  • ISBN : 0521428645

The Romanization of Britain Book Review:

This book sets out to provide a new synthesis of recent archaeological work in Roman Britain.

Women in Roman Britain

Women in Roman Britain
  • Author : Lindsay Allason-Jones
  • Publisher : Council for British Archeology
  • Pages : 209
  • Relase : 2005
  • ISBN : 1902771435

Women in Roman Britain Book Review:

What was life really like for women in Roman Britain? This new edition chronicles the latest discoveries - tombstones, writing tablets, curse tablets, burials and artefacts - to build up a vivid picture of the lives, habits and thoughts of women in Britain over four centuries. Diversity of backgrounds, traditions and taste lies at the heart of the book - displaying the cosmopolitan nature of Romano-British society. The author explores women's social status, their health and religion, marriage and childbirth, family life and homes, dress, jewellery and hairstyles, and their pastimes.

Roman Britain and Where to Find It

Roman Britain and Where to Find It
  • Author : Denise Allen,Mike Bryan
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2020-09-15
  • ISBN : 9781445690155

Roman Britain and Where to Find It Book Review:

An illustrated history of the best Roman sites and artefacts to be found in Britain, for anyone wanting to discover the Roman past.

Roman Domestic Wood

Roman Domestic Wood
  • Author : Paola Pugsley
  • Publisher : British Archaeological Reports Limited
  • Pages : 242
  • Relase : 2003
  • ISBN : UOM:39015059957244

Roman Domestic Wood Book Review:

The lengthy subtitle aptly describes the content of this volume as an 'Analysis of the morphology, manufacture and use of selected categories of domestic wooden artefacts with particular reference to the material from Roman Britain'. Paola Pugsley presents an in-depth analysis of a limited assemblage of domestic wooden material from Britain, and comparative objects from Europe, discussing issues and problems of preservation, deposition and interpretation. Among the objects considered are combs and other grooming accessories, wood-soled footwear, boxes, tableware and kitchen equipment, supplemented by evidence from literary sources, iconography and an experimental study that focused on technological aspects. Pugsley concludes that many of the objects had important social as well as utilitarian functions and that the Roman period was a time of innovation which led to significant developments in technology and design. English text; abstracts in French, Italian and German.

Objects and Identities

Objects and Identities
  • Author : Hella Eckardt
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Pages : 292
  • Relase : 2014
  • ISBN : 9780199693986

Objects and Identities Book Review:

This volume explores Rome's northern provinces through the portable artefacts people used and left behind. Objects are crucial to our understanding of the past, and can be used to explore interlinking aspects of identity. For example, can we identify incomers? How are exotic materials (such as amber and ivory) and objects depicting 'the exotic' (e.g. Africans) consumed? Do regional styles exist below the homogenizing influence of Roman trade? How do all these aspects of identity interact with others, such as status, gender, and age? In this innovative study, the author combines theoretical awareness and a willingness to engage with questions of social and cultural identity with a thorough investigation into the well-published but underused material culture of Rome's northern provinces. Pottery and coins, the dominant categories of many other studies, have here been largely excluded in favour of small portable objects such as items of personal adornment, amulets, and writing equipment. The case studies included were chosen because they relate to specific, often interlinking aspects of identity such as provincial, elite, regional, or religious identity. Their meaning is explored in their own right and in depth, and in careful examination of their contexts. It is hoped that these case studies will be of use to archaeologists working in other periods, and indeed to students of material culture generally by making a small contribution to a growing corpus of academic and popular books that develop interpretative, historical narratives from selected objects.

Roman Woman

Roman Woman
  • Author : Lindsay Allason-Jones
  • Publisher : Michael O'Mara Books
  • Pages : 427
  • Relase : 2014-05-20
  • ISBN : 9781782432876

Roman Woman Book Review:

Roman Britain is vividly portrayed in this fascinating and authentically detailed story about a year in the life of an ordinary woman and her family. The year is AD 133. Hadrian is Emperor of Rome and all its vast empire, including Britannia. The greater part of that island has long been under imperial rule and the Roman legions control most of the land, quelling uprisings and building new forts and towns. Around the fortress of Eboracum (now known as York), a bustling garrison settlement is developing, while along the north-west frontier of Hadrian's empire, the legions are completing the construction of a mighty wall. Introducing us to this world is Senovara, born into the Parisi, a local tribe whose customs have been little changed by Roman rule. But she is also the young wife of Quintus, a veteran of the 6th Legion Victrix. Settling in Quintus's home is both bewildering and awe-inspiring for Senovara as she seeks to adjust to Eboracum's cosmopolitan environment, come to terms with new customs and reconcile their cultural differences. Senovara finds that daily life in the settlement can be harsh; a constant struggle to provide her family with fresh food, water and warmth. Yet there is much enjoyment to be had as well, at the public baths or with new friends. There is also the excitement of religious festivals and in the regular news from the frontier, and peril in the form of a deadly fever which sweeps through Eboracum, forcing Senovara and her children to flee to her brother in the countryside. Roman Woman is an immersive, compelling narrative which gets to the heart of what life was like for everyday people in Roman Britain.

Roman Britain

Roman Britain
  • Author : Richard Hobbs,Ralph Jackson
  • Publisher : British Museum Publications Limited
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2010
  • ISBN : 0714150614

Roman Britain Book Review:

The British Museum's new introductory guide to Roman Britain combines an informative text with first-class design and is illustrated with plentiful artefacts from the museum's collections. Throughout the book the emphasis is on cultural interaction and change, showing the impact of the Roman presence, but also British survivals; the book starts, perhaps unusually for general guides of this kind, with a section on pre-Roman Britain, and ends with a chapter on Britons after Rome. In between we learn about the military, the new literate culture introduced by Rome, about the impact of Rome on the rural economy, and on life in the new towns, as well as about religion. Constant reference to archaeological finds and sites gives a sense of place, and also of regional variation.

The Material Fall of Roman Britain, 300-525 CE

The Material Fall of Roman Britain, 300-525 CE
  • Author : Robin Fleming
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2021-06-11
  • ISBN : 9780812252446

The Material Fall of Roman Britain, 300-525 CE Book Review:

"An examination of the transformations in lowland Britain's material culture over the course of the long fifth century CE during the late Roman regime and its end"--

Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain

Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain
  • Author : David Bird
  • Publisher : Oxbow Books
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2016-12-31
  • ISBN : 9781785703225

Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain Book Review:

The ancient counties surrounding the Weald in the SE corner of England have a strongly marked character of their own that has survived remarkably well in the face of ever-increasing population pressure. The area is, however, comparatively neglected in discussion of Roman Britain, where it is often subsumed into a generalised treatment of the ‘civilian’ part of Britannia that is based largely on other parts of the country. This book aims to redress the balance. The focus is particularly on Kent, Surrey and Sussex account is taken of information from neighbouring counties, particularly when the difficult subsoils affect the availability of evidence. An overview of the environment and a consideration of themes relevant to the South-East as a whole accompany 14 papers covering the topics of rural settlement in each county, crops, querns and millstones, animal exploitation, salt production, leatherworking, the working of bone and similar materials, the production of iron and iron objects, non-ferrous metalworking, pottery production and the supply of tile to Roman London. Agriculture and industry provides an up-to-date assessment of our knowledge of the southern hinterland of Roman London and an area that was particularly open to influences from the Continent.

The Real Lives of Roman Britain

The Real Lives of Roman Britain
  • Author : Guy De la Bédoyère
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 281
  • Relase : 2015-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780300207194

The Real Lives of Roman Britain Book Review:

An innovative, informative, and entertaining history of Roman Britain told through the lives of individuals in all walks of life The Britain of the Roman Occupation is, in a way, an age that is dark to us. While the main events from 55 BC to AD 410 are little disputed, and the archaeological remains of villas, forts, walls, and cities explain a great deal, we lack a clear sense of individual lives. This book is the first to infuse the story of Britannia with a beating heart, the first to describe in detail who its inhabitants were and their place in our history. A lifelong specialist in Romano-British history, Guy de la Bédoyère is the first to recover the period exclusively as a human experience. He focuses not on military campaigns and imperial politics but on individual, personal stories. Roman Britain is revealed as a place where the ambitious scramble for power and prestige, the devout seek solace and security through religion, men and women eke out existences in a provincial frontier land. De la Bédoyère introduces Fortunata the slave girl, Emeritus the frustrated centurion, the grieving father Quintus Corellius Fortis, and the brilliant metal worker Boduogenus, among numerous others. Through a wide array of records and artifacts, the author introduces the colorful cast of immigrants who arrived during the Roman era while offering an unusual glimpse of indigenous Britons, until now nearly invisible in histories of Roman Britain.

Roman Britain

Roman Britain
  • Author : Peter Salway
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Pages : 145
  • Relase : 2015
  • ISBN : 9780198712169

Roman Britain Book Review:

For four centuries Britain was an integral part of the Roman Empire, a political system stretching from Turkey to Portugal and from the Red Sea to the Tyne and beyond. Its involvement with Rome started long before the Conquest launched by the Emperor Claudius in 43 AD, and it continued to be a part of the Roman world for some time after the final break with Roman rule. Bringing together archaeological investigation and historical scholarship, Peter Salway explores some of the key issues arising from this period in Britain's history, discussing the question of identity at this time and analysing the importance of widespread literacy in Roman Britain. Covering the period from Julius Caesar's first forays into Britain and Claudius's subsequent conquest, as well as Britain under the later Roman Empire, Salway outlines the key events of this time period, providing a focus on society in Roman Britain, and offering a thoughtful consideration of the aftermath of Roman rule. In the new edition of this Very Short Introduction, Peter Salway makes a number of essential updates in light of recent research in the area. He looks at issues of ethnicity, "Britishness," and post-colonialism, provides alternative theories to the end of the Roman period in Britain, and draws parallels between the history of Roman Britain and a wide range of other periods, territories, and themes, including the modern experience of empires and national stereotypes. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Roman Britain Through its Objects

Roman Britain Through its Objects
  • Author : Iain Ferris
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2012-09-15
  • ISBN : 9781445615868

Roman Britain Through its Objects Book Review:

An alternative history of Roman Britain

Under Another Sky

Under Another Sky
  • Author : Charlotte Higgins
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Pages : 244
  • Relase : 2015-08-04
  • ISBN : 9781468312362

Under Another Sky Book Review:

What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Sometimes on foot, sometimes in a magnificent, if not entirely reliable, VW camper van, Charlotte Higgins sets out to explore the ancient monuments of Roman Britain. She explores the land that was once Rome’s northernmost territory and how it has changed since the years after the empire fell. Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence.

Artefacts and Archaeology

Artefacts and Archaeology
  • Author : Miranda Jane Aldhouse-Green,Peter Webster
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 296
  • Relase : 2002
  • ISBN : UOM:39015056904652

Artefacts and Archaeology Book Review:

"This compilation of essays written by leading scholars in the fields of Iron Age and Roman archaeology in Britain examines the ways in which the study of sites, artifacts, and ancient societies are interdependent. Emphasizing the role of archaeologists as interpreters of people, not things, the essays show how objects studies can move beyond description and instead foster communication with the past. Topics covered include Iron Age and Romano-British religion; the Roman army in Wales; Roman bronze, pottery, and glass objects; the Roman economy; and museum objects."