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A Late Roman Military Burial from the Dyke Hills, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 July 2014

Paul Booth*


Damage to part of the earthwork at Dyke Hills, Dorchester on Thames, provided the opportunity to recover the badly disturbed remains of a late Roman burial which had contained an elaborate belt set and an axe. This burial, of a type very unusual in Roman Britain, is argued to be of early fifth-century date and to be directly comparable with well-known burials recovered near by in 1874 which formed a starting point for the ‘soldiers and settlers’ debates of the 1960s and beyond. The Dorchester burials are seen here as those of late Roman military personnel, and their local and wider context is discussed.

Britannia , Volume 45 , November 2014 , pp. 243 - 273
Copyright © The Author(s) 2014. Published by The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies 

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