Londinium and Beyond
Essays on Roman London and its hinterland for Harvey Sheldon
edited by John Clark, Jonathan Cotton, Jenny Hall, Roz Sherris and Hedley Swain
This exciting volume pays tribute to the work of the archaeologist Harvey Sheldon, who has been involved in the archaeology of London for over four decades. The papers, written by his friends and colleagues in the archaeological community, cover a wide range of subjects connected with the archaeology of Roman London. These are presented under four main themes and are prefaced by a short introduction explaining how they relate to the research framework document for London published in 2002.The volume begins with a section on the chronology and cartography of Roman London, including papers on antiquarian sources, estimates of population, and the city after the departure of the Romans. The second section examines the landscape and environment of Roman London and its hinterland, drawing from a variety of disciplines: subjects covered include the evidence for Roman gardens; the route of the road from London to Colchester; and a gazetteer of tree-ring dates for Roman London.The third part of the book examines themes which are more difficult to identify through the archaeological record, such as education, cults and attitudes to death and burial. In the fourth section of the volume, the rich material culture of Roman London is examined through a series of papers on artefacts, including brooches, inkwells and toilet implements. The book concludes with a review of Harvey Sheldon’s work and a bibliography.
This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history and archaeology of Roman London. It forms a useful reference volume for professionals and provides an accessible overview for students and the interested public.
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