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The Roman Invasion of Britain (Paperback)

Archaeology versus History

British History Ancient History Rome Archaeology Photographic Books

By Birgitta Hoffmann
Imprint: Pen & Sword Archaeology
Pages: 222
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526756633
Published: 13th May 2019


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The purpose of this book is to take what we think we know about the Roman Conquest of Britain from historical sources, and compare it with the archaeological evidence, which is often contradictory. Archaeologists and historians all too often work in complete isolation from each other and this book hopes to show the dangers of neglecting either form of evidence. In the process it challenges much received wisdom about the history of Roman Britain.

Birgitta Hoffmann tackles the subject by taking a number of major events or episodes (such as Caesar's incursions, Claudius' invasion, Boudicca's revolt), presenting the accepted narrative as derived from historical sources, and then presenting the archaeological evidence for the same. The result of this innovative approach is a book full of surprising and controversial conclusions that will appeal to the general reader as well as those studying or teaching courses on ancient history or archaeology.

Unlike accounts that rely almost exclusively on the fragmentary literary records, this volume incorporates the archaeological record to supplement, support, or refute what Roman or post-Roman writers have said about the British Isles.

Association of College and Research Libraries

The photos and illustrations are excellent and the text is well-written and accessible.

Overall, a must have for anyone interested in Roman Britain.

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Hellbound, Steve Earles

This volume is undoubtedly well-researched and written... Although members of the general public may well find this dissertation about the Roman world in Great Britain of interest, the level of research and the language it contains means that its greatest users may be Teachers, Historians, Archaeologists and those with a specific interest in the Roman Empire and ancient Britain.

Keith Rimmer, NZ Crown Mines

About Birgitta Hoffmann

Dr Birgitta Hoffmann teaches archaeology at the University of Liverpool and is also co-director of the Roman Gask Project (excavating the Gask Ridge frontier system in Perthshire, which predates Hadrian's Wall by half a century).

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