THE TOWNS OF ROMAN BRITAIN: The contribution of Commercial Archaeology since 1990

Classics for All Reviews

edited by Michael Fulford and Neil Holbrook

Society for Promotion of Roman Studies (2015) p/b 232pp £28 (ISBN 9780907764410)

This book draws together what archaeologists have learnt about the major towns of Roman Britain following a radical reform of planning law in 1990. The first two chapters explain the developments in planning law which have led to a profusion of developer-funded archaeology. Planning Policy Guidance Note 16 of 1990 (‘PPG 16’) and later enactments require developers, where possible, to preserve the archaeological heritage in situ. If that is not possible, then the developer must arrange for proper investigation and recording of all significant archaeological deposits. Subsequent chapters review the vast mass of material which urban investigations have revealed since 1990.

Dominic Perring has contributed a chapter on London which neatly updates his well known Roman London (Routledge, 1991). He draws upon dendrochronology and much other recent work in addition…

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