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Artefacts in Roman Britain
Their Purpose and Use

Lindsay Allason-Jones, Richard Brickstock, Nina Crummy, W. H. Manning, Sîan Rees, M. C. Bishop, R. S. O. Tomlin, Quita Mould, Hella Eckhardt, Ellen Swift, Ralph Jackson, Joanna Bird, Hilary Cool
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521677523


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  • Roman Britain has given us an enormous number of artefacts. Yet few books available today deal with its whole material culture as represented by these artefacts. This introduction, aimed primarily at students and general readers, begins by explaining the process of identifying objects of any period or material. A series of themed chapters, written by experts in their particular area of interest, then discusses artefacts from the point of view of their use. The contributors' premise is that every object was designed for a particular purpose, which may have been to satisfy a general need or the specific need of an individual. If the latter, the maker, the owner and the end user may have been one and the same person; if the former, the manufacturer had to provide objects that others would wish to purchase or exchange. Understanding this reveals a fascinating picture of life in Roman Britain.

    • Presents the finds from Roman Britain according to their purpose and uses them to illuminate our understanding of everyday life
    • Explains the theory and practice of identifying finds
    • Designed to be accessible and appealing to the undergraduate and the general reader who wishes to know more about the numerous objects recovered from the archaeological sites and landscapes of Roman Britain
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521677523
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 80 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Lindsay Allason-Jones
    1. Commerce Richard Brickstock
    2. Transport Nina Crummy
    3. Industry W. H. Manning
    4. Agriculture Sîan Rees
    5. Military life M. C. Bishop
    6. Writing and communication R. S. O. Tomlin
    7. Domestic life Quita Mould
    8. Lighting and heating Hella Eckhardt
    9. Personal ornament Ellen Swift
    10. Recreation Lindsay Allason-Jones
    11. Medicine and hygiene Ralph Jackson
    12. Religion Joanna Bird
    13. Funerary rites Hilary Cool.

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    Lindsay Allason-Jones, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    Lindsay Allason-Jones is Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies and Reader in Roman Material Culture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and has published eight books and over a hundred academic papers on themes related to the archaeology of the Roman Empire. She is the author of two previous textbooks, Women in Roman Britain and Daily Life in Roman Britain.


    Lindsay Allason-Jones, Richard Brickstock, Nina Crummy, W. H. Manning, Sîan Rees, M. C. Bishop, R. S. O. Tomlin, Quita Mould, Hella Eckhardt, Ellen Swift, Ralph Jackson, Joanna Bird, Hilary Cool

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