The general perception of the west midlands region in the Roman period is that it was a backwater compared to the militarised frontier zone of the north, or the south of Britain where Roman culture took root early - in cities like Colchester, London and St Albans - and lingered late at cities like Cirencester and Bath with their rich, late Roman villa culture. The west midlands region captures the transition between these two areas of the `military' north and `civilised' south. Where it differed, and why, are important questions in understanding the regional diversity of Roman Britain. They are addressed by this volume which details the archaeology of the Roman period for each of the modern counties of the region, written by local experts who are or have been responsible for the management and exploration of their respective counties. These are placed alongside more thematic takes on elements of Roman culture, including the Roman Army, pottery, coins and religion. Lastly, an overview is taken of the important transitional period of the fifth and sixth centuries. Each paper provides both a developed review of the existing state of knowledge and understanding of the key characteristics of the subject area and details a set of research objectives for the future, immediate and long-term, that will contribute to our evolving understanding of Roman Britain. This is the third volume in a series - The Making of the West Midlands - that explores the archaeology of the English west midlands region from the Lower Palaeolithic onwards.
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 280 x 220 mm
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