Artefacts and Archaeology

Aspects of the Celtic and Roman World

Edited by Miranda Aldhouse-Green and P. Webster

Artefacts and Archaeology

Edited by Miranda Aldhouse-Green and P. Webster

Distributed for University of Wales Press

276 pages | 9 3/10 x 7 1/5 | © 2002
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780708317525 Published July 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Archaeologists excavate structures and objects, but they can and should aim to reconstruct the societies of the past and seek to understand them. Artefacts and Archaeology brings together essays written by leading scholars in the fields of Iron Age and Roman archaeology and material finds in Britain in order examine the ways in which the study of sites, artefacts and ancient societies are interdependent.

Artefacts and Archaeology deals with the wide range of objects produced by the Iron Age and Roman cultures, from ironwork, defences and the Roman army, and Roman finds. It emphasizes the role of the archaeologist as interpreter of people, not things, and shows how object studies can move beyond pure description and instead attempt communicate with the past. Individual essays discuss Iron Age and Romano-British religion, the Roman army in Wales, Roman bronze, pottery and glass objects, the Roman economy and museum objects, and the collection as a whole offers a fascinating overview of the material culture of Iron Age and Roman western Europe.


List of figures
List of Contributors

Introduction: Archaeology is about People
Miranda Aldhouse-Green and Peter Webster

1. Any Old Iron! Symbolism and Ironworking in Iron Age Europe
Miranda Aldhouse-Green

2. Old Castle Down Revisited: Some Recent Finds from the Vale of Glamorgan
Philip Macdonald and Mary Davis

3. Evidence of an Armamentarium at Caerleon? The Prysg Field Rampart Buildings
Evan M. Chapman

4. Land Use and Military Supply in the Highland Zone of Roman Britain
Jeffrey L. Davis

5. The Late Roman Fort at Cardiff
Peter Webster

6. Manning the Defences: The Development of Romano-British Urban Boundaries
Peter Guest

7. Vitreous Technology: Evidence for Faience Production at Kom Helul, Memphis (Egypt)
Paul T. Nicholson

8. Roman Window Glass
Denise Allen

9. Two Vessels from Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, and Piercebridge, County Durham: A Note on Flavian and Later Polychrome Mosaic Glass in Britain
Jennifer Price

10. Bottles for Bacchus?
H. E. M. Cool

11. ‘Venus’ and the Ox: A Roman Visual Pun
Ralph Jackson

12. In Aere Suo Censeri: Fragments of a Large-scale Statuette from South-east Wales
Janet Webster

13. Zoomorphic Seal Boxes: Usk and the Twentieth Legion
Richard J. Brewer

14. A Rhineland Potter at the Legionary Fortress of York
Vivien G. Swan and Ray M. McBride

15. Pots and Plots in Roman Britain
Kevin Greene

16. Centralization for Dispersal? Archaeological Collections in Museums
Catherine Johns


Review Quotes
Archaeologia Cambrensis

“ . . . a most delightful and well-edited tribute.” –Archaeologia Cambrensis

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