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Two studies on Roman London

Perring, D; (2011) Two studies on Roman London. [Review]. Journal of Roman Archaeology , 24 (1) pp. 249-282. 10.1017/S1047759400003378. Green open access

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Abstract

My intent is to advance some new suggestions (or rather, to revive some long unfashionable ones) concerning the origins and early development of the Roman town. Two under-reported discoveries of military-style ditches allow it to be suggested that London originated as a fort where the armies of Plautius awaited the emperor Claudius before marching on Colchester in the summer of A.D. 43. The alternative and prevailing view, that the city was a civilian foundation of c.A.D. 50, must be questioned. This in turn suggests a re-assessment of the rôle of London in the political infrastructure of the newly-created Roman province. It seems likely that London remained firmly under the control of the provincial government, and a major centre of operations for both army and administration. This finds confirmation in the recently-discovered evidence of fortifications and engineering works associated with extensive reconstruction in the aftermath of the Boudican revolt of A.D. 60/61.

Type: Article
Title: Two studies on Roman London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1047759400003378
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1047759400003378
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology ASE
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1353290
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