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Using Archaeological Archives: A case study of finds from Roman Essex

Doherty, A; (2015) Using Archaeological Archives: A case study of finds from Roman Essex. [Book]. SpoilHeap Publications/Archaeology South-East Gold open access

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Abstract

This case study is the second publication to result from the English Heritage funded project, originally known as ‘Town and Country in Roman Essex’. This project was conceived as a large-scale regional study based on the comparative analysis of assemblages, focusing on pottery, coins, registered finds, vessel glass and animal bone. Utilising the unusually rich databases generated by rescue excavations in the region dominated by Colchester and London, the project examined how the creation of these cities affected rural landscapes and communities in the first 200 years on Roman administration and control. The results of the research were published in the 2013 volume Alien Cities: consumption and the origins of urbanism in Roman Britain. It was always the aim of the project to produce a separate publication that would explore in more detail the issues associated with conducting major regional research projects, making use of data from published or archive sources. This case study covers the process of collecting and using data and makes some recommendations addressing specific methodological problems in order to improve both the quality and the quantity of data available to future researchers. It is not intended to be a final word on such issues but to contribute to the discussion on how best to utilise these important archaeological resources.

Type: Book
Title: Using Archaeological Archives: A case study of finds from Roman Essex
Open access status: An open access publication
Language: English
Keywords: Roman
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology ASE
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138154
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