Life in the Limes: Studies of the people and objects of the Roman frontiers [Paperback]

Rob Collins(Editor); Frances McIntosh(Editor)

ISBN: 9781789253856 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 264p, H10.8 x W8.5, b/w and color illustrations
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Life in the Limes


Lindsay Allason-Jones has been at the forefront of small finds and Roman frontier research for 40 years in a career focussed on, but not exclusive to, the north of Britain, encompassing an enormous range of object types and subject areas. Divided into thematic sections the contributions presented here to celebrate her many achievements all represent at least one aspect of Lindsay’s research interests. These encompass social and industrial aspects of northern frontier forts; new insights into inscribed and sculptural stones specific to military communities; religious, cultural and economic connotations of Roman armor finds; the economic and ideological penetration of romanitas in the frontiers as reflected by individual objects and classes of finds; evidence of trans-frontier interactions and invisible people; the role of John Clayton in the exploration and preservation of Hadrian’s Wall and its material culture; the detailed consideration of individual objects of significant interest; and a discussion of the widespread occurrence of mice in Roman art.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction (Rob Collins and Frances McIntosh)
2. The nature and function of Roman frontiers revisited (W. S. Hanson)
3. The Roman army and the Roman smith: Some evidence from Britain (W. H. Manning)
4. The accommodation of soldiers’ wives in Roman fort barracks – on Hadrian’s Wall and beyond (Nick Hodgson)
5. If the shoe fits: Style and status in the assemblage of children’s shoes from Vindolanda (Elizabeth M. Greene)
6. A group of finds from outside the south-west gate of South Shields Roman fort (A. T. Croom with a contribution by M. Henig)
7. The Roman names of the fort at South Shields and an altar to the Di Conservatores (Paul Bidwell)
8. Commemorating the Wall: Roman sculpture and inscriptions from Hadrian’s Wall (David Breeze)
9. Monumentalising military service: Soldiers in Romano-British sculpture (Jon Coulston)
10. The Corbridge Hoard revisited (M. C. Bishop)
11. Characterising cult communities in the Roman provinces: Some observations on small finds evidence from the sanctuary of Liber Pater, Apulum (Ian Haynes)
12. The Boston helmet: A preliminary account of a Parthian/Roman-era artefact at the Museum of Fine Arts (Simon James)
13. A pipeclay pseudo-Venus figurine from Binchester Roman fort, County Durham (Iain Ferris)
14. Notes on the Vindolanda ‘calendar’: Related artefacts and the purpose of the Vindolanda fragment (Alexander Meyer)
15. A bead from Housesteads revisited (H. E. M. Cool)
16. Keep watch: A key handle from Font-y-Gary, Vale of Glamorgan (Nina Crummy and Mark Lodwick)
17. Art and society: Gems from northern Britain (Martin Henig)
18. Personal possessions or traded goods? Finds of decorated mould-blown glass vessels on Flavian sites in Northern Britain (Jenny Price)
19. Stories from black bangles: Jewellery and other finds of jet-like materials in Roman Scotland (Fraser Hunter)
20. Lost and Found: Casual loss and (re)discovery of Roman objects from the northern frontier (Rob Collins)
21. Known unknowns: ‘Invisible’ people in temporary camps (Rebecca H. Jones)
22. The rise and fall of the Housesteads amphitheatre (Tony Wilmott)
23. The Wall’s first great collection: The Clayton Collection (Frances McIntosh)
24. An Etruscan mirror from the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne (Andrew Parkin)
25. ‘Drive away the cloud of plague’: A Greek amulet from Roman London (R. S. O. Tomlin)
26. Putting some flesh on the bones: leather bikinis and body size (Carol van Driel-Murray)
27. Tailpiece: Roman mice in art, allegory and actuality (Ralph Jackson)
28. Lindsay Allason-Jones: A bibliography (Emma Morris)

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