The general perception of the west midlands region in the Roman period is that it was a backwater compared to the militarised frontier zone of the north, or the south of Britain where Roman culture took root early - in cities like Colchester, London and St Albans - and lingered late at cities like Cirencester and Bath with their rich, late Roman villa culture. The west midlands region captures the transition between these two areas of the `military' north and `civilised' south. Where it differed, and why, are important questions in understanding the regional diversity of Roman Britain. They are addressed by this volume which details the archaeology of the Roman period for each of the modern counties of the region, written by local experts who are or have been responsible for the management and exploration of their respective counties. These are placed alongside more thematic takes on elements of Roman culture, including the Roman Army, pottery, coins and religion. Lastly, an overview is taken of the important transitional period of the fifth and sixth centuries. Each paper provides both a developed review of the existing state of knowledge and understanding of the key characteristics of the subject area and details a set of research objectives for the future, immediate and long-term, that will contribute to our evolving understanding of Roman Britain. This is the third volume in a series - The Making of the West Midlands - that explores the archaeology of the English west midlands region from the Lower Palaeolithic onwards.
Roger White is a Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. He has primarily worked on Wroxeter, in Shropshire, and has published a number of monographs and books on the site. His book on Britannia Prima was voted Current Archaeology Book of the Year in 2009. Mike Hodder has been involved in Birmingham's archaeology for over 30 years, mostly as the City's Planning Archaeologist (now retired). He is Honorary Vice-President on the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.
List of Figures List of Tables Summary Foreign language summaries Preface Roger White and Mike Hodder 1: The Archaeology of the Romano-British West Midlands: Overview and Research Priorities Roger White and Mike Hodder 2: Fortress, Forts, and the Impact of the Roman Army in the West Midlands Roger White 3: Roman Warwickshire Paul Booth 4: Worcestershire in the Roman period Hal Dalwood, James Dinn, C Jane Evans, Neil Holbrook, Derek Hurst, Richard Morton, Robin Jackson and Elizabeth Pearson 5: Roman-British period in Herefordshire Keith Ray 6: Shropshire in the Roman Period Roger White and Andy Wigley 7: Roman Staffordshire Suzy Blake, Steve Dean and Chris Wardle 8: Forts, Farms, Fields and industries: the Roman period in West Midlands County Mike Hodder 9: The distribution of Roman Coins in the West Midlands: a regional analysis Sarah Deacon 10: Joined up thinking: reconstructing the Roman West Midlands from the ceramic evidence Jane Evans 11: Romano-British Religious sites in the West Midlands Region Iain Ferris 12: From the provinces to the Marches: the archaeology of the fifth to seventh centuries Roger White Index