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London's Hadrianic War?

Perring, D; (2017) London's Hadrianic War? Britannia , 48 pp. 37-76. 10.1017/S0068113X17000113. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent work has advanced our understanding of human crania found in London's upper Walbrook valley, where skull deposition appears to have peaked during the occupation of the Cripplegate fort, itself probably built soon after London's Hadrianic fire. Although this fire is usually considered to have been accidental, parallels can be drawn with London's Boudican destruction. This article explores the possibility that these three strands of Hadrianic evidence — fire, fort and skulls — find common explanation in events associated with a British war of this period. This might support the identification of some Walbrook skulls as trophy heads, disposed as noxii in wet places in the urban pomerium.

Type: Article
Title: London's Hadrianic War?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0068113X17000113
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X17000113
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2017. Published by The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: London; Hadrian; Walbrook skulls; head-hunting; Hadrianic fire; Cripplegate fort; revolt
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1556328
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