This volume is the long-promised continuation of Roman Inscriptions of Britain I, Inscriptions on Stone (1965), by R. G. Collingwood and R. P. Wright. Richard Wright, after setting a closing date for RIB I of 31 December 1954, reserved 'new material for inclusion in some supplement'. This is now RIB III, which advances the closing date for new discoveries to 31 December 2006.
All but six of the 550 inscriptions included here were first published under the heading 'Roman Britain, Inscriptions' each year in JRS from 1956 until 1969 and then in Britannia from 1970 until 2007. Wright alone was responsible until the end of 1970, when he was joined by Mark Hassall, the latter assuming responsibility for inscriptions found south of the rivers Mersey and Humber. In 1975 Roger Tomlin succeeded Wright in the north, and this geographical division continued on the whole until Hassall's retirement in 2007.
The entries in JRS and Britannia were electronically scanned in 1993 and the whole series became the basis of RIB III. In this volume, Tomlin presents the inscriptions in geographical sequence, with individual commentaries and accompanying drawings and photographs, as well as re-examining many of the originals.
Roger Tomlin is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford having retired in 2010 as the University Lecturer in Late-Roman History. He is the leading European scholar on the analysis of Roman inscriptions and has published extensively on material from thourghout the Roman Empire, and especially withi roman Britian, including the Bath curse tablets as Tabellae Sulis (1988) and the Bloomberg London stylus tablets as Roman London's First Voices (2016). He is one of the joint editors of the annual 'Roman Britain (Inscriptions)' survey in the journal Britannia, and co-editor/contributor to the indispensible Roman Inscriptions of Britain (RIB) volumes.