Life and Labour in Late Roman Silchester: Excavations in Insula IX since 1997 [Paperback]

Michael Fulford (Author); Amanda Clarke (Author); Hella Eckhardt (Author)

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ISBN: 9780907764335 | Published by: Roman Society Publications | Series: Britannia Monographs | Volume: 22 | Year of Publication: 2006 | Language: English 404p, 125 illus

Life and Labour in Late Roman Silchester


The Society of Antiquaries' excavation of Silchester's Insula IX in 1893-4 left most of the stratigraphy undisturbed. A new programme of work has shown that the Insula underwent radical change, c. AD 250/300, with the construction of new workshop and residential buildings on the orientation of the Roman street-grid, following the demolition of mid-Roman buildings arranged on different, pre- and early Roman alignments. The plans of several properties and individual buildings were recovered, and analysis of the rich range of artefactual and biological data has allowed a detailed and differentiated characterisation of the life and occupations of the inhabitants in the 4th century. The context of the 5th century ogham-inscibed stone is explored and the history of the insula is followed into the 5th/6th century.

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