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By Malcolm Todd

This significant survey of the heritage and tradition of Roman Britain spans the interval from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD.

  • Major survey of the background and tradition of Roman Britain
  • Brings jointly experts to supply an summary of modern debates approximately this period
  • Exceptionally huge insurance, embracing political, financial, cultural and non secular life
  • Focuses on adjustments in Roman Britain from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD
  • Includes pioneering reviews of the human inhabitants and animal assets of the island.

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These involved the sacrifice of agricultural or household objects, domestic animals and sometimes even people, and they tend to be placed in liminal locations like house entrances, enclosure ditches and grain storage pits (Hill 1995), suggesting a link with concerns like fertility and regeneration. On smaller farmsteads, such rituals probably took place only once every few years, but on larger sites like hillforts, they were more frequent, and may have played a role in integrating the wider community.

London. MacCullagh, R. 1992. The Irish Currach Folk. Dublin. McGrail, S. 1983. Cross-Channel seamanship and navigation in the late 1st millennium B C . Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 2, 299–337. —— 2001. Boats of the World. Oxford. Macready, S. and Thompson, F. H. (eds) 1984. Cross-Channel Trade between Gaul and Britain in the Pre-Roman Iron Age. London. Marsden, P. 1994. Ships of the Port of London. London. , Haselgrove, C. and Nash, D. 1978. Pre-Roman coin from Canterbury and the ship represented on it.

Similar qualifications apply to Caesar’s mentions of specific individuals or identity groups, not least that they represent a mere snapshot in time of a society which the Roman invasion had put under exceptional stress. Some interesting points do emerge. Both rulers and named groups are linked to territories (De Bello Gallico, V. 11, 20–2), but only the Trinovantes definitely reappear a century later, suggesting that significant changes occurred in the interim. There were evidently mechanisms for bringing normally independent units together to discuss matters of common interest, as in 54 B C when Cassivellaunus was chosen as war leader.

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