The early Roman horizon

Wallace, Lacey (2016) The early Roman horizon. In: The Oxford handbook of Roman Britain. Oxford Handbooks . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199697731


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In this chapter, the significance and complexity of the archaeological characteristics of the early Roman period in south-eastern Britain are explored. The biases and assumptions that have dominated interpretations of this period are questioned, as are hypotheses and paradigms derived from ancient authors and focusing on military and administrative control of social change. Aspects of settlement change are contrasted to problematize the idea of a uniform ‘early Roman horizon’ in Britain through an exploration of St Albans, Colchester, and London, using examples from public buildings and new forms of material culture. The urban characteristics of these early centres are compared and the motivations of their populations suggested. Continuity across the LPRIA and early Roman period in power structures and settlement through the example of Colchester is presented, as is a suggestion to further the exploration of the early Roman period through grey literature and comparison of well-dated sites.

Keywords:archaeology, Roman Britain
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q800 Classical studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V400 Archaeology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:24629
Deposited On:08 Oct 2016 20:46

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