Study Group for Roman Pottery

National Research Framework: North of Britain

Sites with a Military Association

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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

4. SITES WITH A MILITARY ASSOCIATION, VICI, ETC.

Whilst there has been a major emphasis in the excavation of northern military sites, few vici have received comparable attention. The nature of supply to vici and how closely it was linked to that of military sites is still in need of clarification. Similarly the relationships, between vici and neighbouring rural sites are poorly known, both in England and in Scotland. The examination of more vici sites is clearly a desirable requirement (which has also been identified in the recent Hadrian's Wall Advisory Committee research priorities document (HWAC 1988, 7) in order to address these questions and to examine their chronology, as well as spatial and functional variations across them. Of great interest is the fact that many vici were evidently abandoned by the end of the third century even though their associated forts continued to be garrisoned down to the end of the Roman period. This phenomenon raises important questions which might be addressed from the ceramic angle in a linked study of relevant northern sites.

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