Roman Archaeology for Historians provides students of Roman history with a guide to the contribution of archaeology to the study of their subject. It discusses the issues with the use of material and textual evidence to explain the Roman past, and the importance of viewing this evidence in context. It also surveys the different approaches to the archaeological material of the period and examines key themes that have shaped Roman archaeology. At the heart of the book lies the question of how archaeological material can be interpreted and its relevance for the study of ancient history. It includes discussion of the study of landscape change, urban topography, the economy, the nature of cities, new approaches to skeletal evidence and artefacts in museums. Along the way, readers gain access to new findings and key sites - many of which have not been discussed in English before and many, for which, access may only be gained from technical reports.

Roman Archaeology for Historians provides an accessible guide to the development of archaeology as a discipline and how the use of archaeological evidence of the Roman world can enrich the study of ancient history, while at the same time encouraging the integration of material evidence into the study of the period’s history. This work is a key resource for students of ancient history, and for those studying the archaeology of the Roman period.

chapter 1|12 pages

Questions of Evidence

chapter 2|11 pages

Dialogues of Academic Difference

The Present Past of Roman Studies

chapter 3|19 pages

From Topography to Archaeology

Revealing the Roman Forum

chapter 4|16 pages

From the City to the Country

Archaeological Excavation and Field Survey

chapter 5|15 pages

From Italy to the Provinces

Imperialism and Cultural Change

chapter 7|17 pages

Military and Civilian

Re-interpreting the Roman Fort at Vindolanda

chapter 8|15 pages

Peopling the Roman Past

Do the Dead Tell Tales?

chapter 9|11 pages

Plants, Animals and Diet

chapter 10|18 pages

Looking in Museums

Discovering Artefacts

chapter 11|7 pages

End Piece

A Post-Archaeology Age?