Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain [Paperback]

David Bird(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785703195 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | 1st | Language: English 368p, H9.4 x W6.7, b/w and color
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Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain


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 generalized 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 neighboring counties, particularly when the difficult subsoils affect the availability of evidence. An overview of the environment and a consideration of themes relevant to the Southeast 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, nonferrous 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.

Table of Contents

Editor’s foreword

Michael Fulford and Martyn Allen: Introduction: population and the dynamics of change in Roman south-eastern England

Petra Dark: The environment of southern Roman Britain

David Bird: The countryside of the South-East in the Roman period

Paul Booth: Kent Roman rural settlement

David Rudling: Rural settlement in Roman Sussex

David Bird: Rural settlement in Roman Surrey

Gill Campbell: Market forces - a discussion of crop husbandry, horticulture and trade in plant resources in southern England

Chris Green: Querns and millstones in late Iron Age and Roman London and south-east England

Mark Maltby: The exploitation of animals and their contribution to urban food supply in Roman southern England

Edward Biddulph: The Roman salt industry in south-eastern Britain

Jackie Keily and Quita Mould: Leatherworking in south-eastern Britain in the Roman period

Nina Crummy: Working skeletal materials in south-eastern Roman Britain

Jeremy Hodgkinson: The development of iron production in the Roman Weald

Ian Scott: Ironwork and its production

Justine Bayley: Roman non-ferrous metalworking in southern Britain

Louise Rayner: Clay, water, fuel: an overview of pottery production in and around early Roman London

Ian Betts: The supply of tile to Roman London

Reviews & Quotes

"“…this excellent edited volume is well placed to explore the intricacies of settlement and economy in the southeastern part of the Roman province… As with all good publications, the various papers invariably open up a heap of new and challenging questions which should occupy researchers for many years to come.” "

British Archaeology (July/August 2017)

"“...testament to the considerable endeavours of all its contributors. It deserves to be widely read as an overview, and returned to frequently as a source of reference.” "
John Manley
(October 2017)

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