Assessing the Contribution
of Commercial Archaeology to

the Study of Romano-British Towns

Speakers include:
Michael Fulford
Paul Bidwell
Neil Holbrook
Mark Maltby
Martin Millett
John Pearce
Dominic Perring
Mark Robinson
Barney Sloane

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30 November 2013, University of Reading

Department of Archaeology, University of Reading in collaboration with English Heritage, Cotswold Archaeology and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

A day conference to discuss and debate the contribution of developer archaeology to the study of the major Romano-British towns (coloniae and civitas capitals). The papers will demonstrate the value of commercial work, and highlight the areas where much has been learnt, and also those where comparatively little progress has been made. The emphasis will be on those historic towns of England which have seen significant commercial work, as opposed to the largely greenfield sites where there has been much less developer work. The papers will help to inform future curatorial strategies and assist in the setting of research objectives for future investigations.

The conference will appeal to academics; professional practitioners and others with an interest in all aspects of Romano-British urbanism.

The papers will be published in a volume edited by Michael Fulford and Neil Holbrook in 2014.


10.00-10.30 Arrive + coffee
10.30-11.05 London (Dominic Perring, University College, London)
11.05-11.40 Towns of the South East (Michael Fulford, University of Reading)
11.40-12.15 Towns of the South West (Neil Holbrook, Cotswold Archaeology)
12.15-12.50 Towns of the Midlands and North (Paul Bidwell, North Shields)
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-2.30 Burial Practice (John Pearce, King’s College, London)
2.30-3.00 Food Supply 1: Zooarchaeology (Mark Maltby, Bournemouth University)
3.00-3.30 Food Supply 2: Archaeobotany (Mark Robinson, University of Oxford)
3.30-3.50 Tea
3.50-4.10 The English Heritage Perspective (Barney Sloane, English Heritage)
4.10-4.25 Discussant (Martin Millett, University of Cambridge)
4.25-5.00 Discussion

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Getting to the Venue:

The conference will be held in the Agriculture Building on the main Whiteknights campus. Please note that access to this part of the campus is via the Earley Gate entrance. The Agriculture building is marked as No. 59.

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Explore the Project:

This conference examining the contribution of commercial archaeology to the study of Romano-British towns is just one strand of a much larger project.

Cotswold Archaeology is collaborating on a major three-year long project with the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading examining regional and chronological variation in Roman rural settlement through analysis of farm layouts, domestic architecture and agricultural practice. This will provide a means of measuring the integration of settlements in different parts of England with the Roman provincial economy.

Find out about: Realising the Research Potential of Developer-Funded Archaeology in England