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Book Launch: The Towns of Roman Britain

A book launch for the new Britannia Monograph 27, The Towns of Roman Britain. The Contribution of Commercial Archaeology since 1990, edited by Michael Fulford and Newil Holbrook, was held on 14 April at the University of Reading.

The volume presents an assessment of the contribution that developer-funded archaeology has made to knowledge of the major towns of Roman Britain. It contains papers on the legislative and planning framework; case studies (London and York); regional reviews (towns of the South-East, South-West and the Midlands and North); and thematic national reviews of funerary and burial evidence, faunal remains and plant evidence. The volume concludes with a review by Fulford of the overall contribution of development-led work to our understanding of Romano-British urbanism.

The book was introduced by Barney Sloane (Historic England).

The launch followed a conference on The Rural Settlement of Roman England.

The Rural Settlement of Roman England: from regional perspectives to national synthesis

14 April

Palmer Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading

10.00  Coffee

Morning Session: Chair - Professor Michael Fulford

10.30  Welcome: Professor Michael Fulford (University of Reading)

10.35 Developing our picture of the past: Historic England and developer-led archaeology: Steve Trow (Historic England)

11.00  The importance of commercial archaeology to the study of the Romano-British countryside: Neil Holbrook (Cotswold Archaeology)

11.25  The Rural Settlement of Roman England: settlement morphology and regional diversity: establishing a new model: Dr Alex Smith (University of Reading)

12.15 Testing the model (1): the agricultural perspective: Dr Martyn Allen (University of Reading)

13.05 Lunch

Afternoon Session: Chair - Professor Stephen Rippon (University of Exeter)

14.00 Testing the model (2): material culture perspectives: Dr Tom Brindle (Univeristy of Reading)

14.50 Introducing the Roman Rural Settlement online archive: Tim Evans (ADS, University of York)

15.30 Tea

16.00 Open Discussion (Chair: Neil Holbrook): developing regional research agenda

16.35 Summing Up: Professor Michael Fulford

17.00 Drinks Reception and Book Launch: Barney Sloane (Historic England)

M. Fulford and N. Holbrook, eds., The Towns of Roman Britain: the contribution of commercial archaeology since 1990, Britannia Monograph 27 (2015)

18.00 Close of Conference