chapter  1
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The evidence

The evidence for Christianity was reconsidered in Chapters III-V of this study: probable Christian cemeteries and churches were analysed and criteria for their identification developed, and some symbols and objects with a likely Christian association, beyond those treated by Thomas (1981), were identified. It has been apparent as research has progressed that, in Romano-British Christianity, there was evidence, not only of an expected and understandable Jewish influence, but also of pagan Roman and Celtic elements. While links between the Jewish and Christian religions are beyond the scope of the present work, the Roman and Celtic elements in the Christianity of Roman Britain are relevant, and may be identified; they are classified and analysed here and, in Part 2, an assessment of these features and their possible impact on Romano-British Christianity is made.