Isurium Brigantum: An Archaeological Survey of Roman Aldborough [Hardback]

Rose Ferraby (Author); Martin Millett (Author)

ISBN: 9780854313013 | Published by: Society of Antiquaries of London | Series: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London | Volume: 81 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 208p, H270 x W210 (mm) 110

Isurium Brigantum


Modern-day Aldborough, in North Yorkshire, lies on the site of Isurium Brigantum, the former administrative capital of the Brigantes, one of the largest indigenous tribes of Roman Britain. Strategically located on Dere Street, by the second century AD it had become a key Roman town engaged with the supply of the northern frontier, with buildings and mosaics that reveal a thriving economy through to the fourth century. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the site of Isurium Brigantum was the subject of important antiquarian investigations. However, unlike some southern counterparts – for example, Calleva Atrebatum or Verulamium – in the twentieth century it attracted less archaeological attention until, in 2009, a team of archaeologists led by Dr Rose Ferraby and Professor Martin Millett began a major re-examination of the site. Large-scale geophysical surveys using both gradiometry and high-resolution ground-penetrating radar were conducted and these revealed most of the town and its surroundings, allowing its development from the second century AD to the medieval period to be mapped with great accuracy.

Bringing together for the first time the results of large-scale geophysical surveys of Isurium Brigantum with a re-evaluation of earlier antiquarian study and more recent archaeological fieldwork and excavations – some never before published – providing provides historians and archaeologists with exciting new information about the topography of a key Roman town engaged with the supply of the northern frontier of Britain, and about its development and later landscape, together with a thorough review of the town in the broader context of Roman Britain and the western Empire.

Table of Contents

List of figures; Preface; Acknowledgements; Summary; Resume; Zusammenfassung; Notes on referencing and archives; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Previous antiquarian and archaeological work; Chapter 3 The geophysical surveys; Chapter 4 Re-evaluating the history of Isurium Brigantum; Appendix 1 Gazetteer of archaeological interventions; Appendix 2 Concordance with RIB; Appendix 3 Concordance with CSIR; Appendix 4 Architectural stonework; Appendix 5 Stone altars; Notes; Abbreviations and bibliography; Index

Reviews & Quotes

"The importance of the results, the clarity of thought and expression, and quality of production should garner this volume a wide readership across specialists and non-specialists alike."
David Roberts
Archaeological Journal (09/12/2022)

"The book contains much scholarly discussion of the evidence and the competing interpretations, integrated with the broader history of Roman Britain. It is also highly readable, lavishly illustrated with photographs and plans. It will appeal to general readers, as well as specialists in the field."
Rupert Jackson
ClassicsForAll (06/10/2020)

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