chapter  VII
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CONCLUSIONS

From the material presented in this study, it is clear that not all the evidence for Christianity in Roman Britain has as yet been recognised. By close examination of archaeological finds already reported, it has been shown that various objects or symbols, additional to those recorded by scholars such as Toynbee, Frend and Thomas, had a Christian association; a reinterpretation of the evidence at archaeological sites has made it possible to classify structures more confidently as ‘almost certain’, ‘probable’ or ‘possible' churches; and a detailed analysis of major cemeteries published and as yet unpublished has led to the development of a set of criteria which will identify Romano-British sites as Christian or pagan with a reasonable degree of certainty. A further study has identified possible pagan origins or elements in churches, cemeteries, symbols and inscriptions. In the light of this research, it now remains to assess the distribution and, a more difficult task, the commitment of Christians in fourth-and early fifth-century Britain and the place of Christianity in the history of Roman Britain as a whole, and to indicate areas of possible future research.