Study Group for Roman Pottery

National Research Framework: North of Britain

Background I

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RESEARCH FRAMEWORK FOR THE STUDY OF ROMAN POTTERY IN THE NORTH OF BRITAIN

Edited by Jeremy Evans & Steven Willis on behalf of the SGRP, Northern Regional Group. October 1997; selectively revised 2002

BACKGROUND I: REGION AND CHRONOLOGY

This research design covers northern England north of the Humber-Mersey line, the Cheshire Plain and north Wales, together with Scotland.

Northern military sites with their short occupation spans and distinct chronological horizons provide much of the basic chronology for Romano-British pottery and pottery from the northern frontier is often of international importance to the study and dating of Roman pottery in the North-West provinces. Hence the study of Roman pottery in the region is of great value for dating site sequences elsewhere in Britain and beyond. More generally, as this document stresses, pottery has the potential to make highly significant contributions to many questions regarding Romano-British archaeology in the region. Its potential cannot be understated.

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