Study Group for Roman Pottery

National Research Framework: West of Britain

Chronology

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

Edited by Paul Booth & Steven Willis on behalf of The Study Group for Roman Pottery, Western Regional Group October 1997; selectively revised 2002

4. MAJOR RESEARCH ISSUES: CHRONOLOGY

4.1 The Iron Age - Roman interface

The late Iron Age-early Roman interface remains a significant substantive problem in the region. A distinct late Iron Age 'Belgic' ceramic phase is present in parts of the region (eg. in the Avon and Upper Thames Valleys and in much of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire) but is not found in the more westerly parts. The chronology of this phase in relation to the Roman conquest is still in question, and progress in understanding the transition is an important requirement. It is linked with the questions of the early chronology of the Severn Valley and Savernake industries. Analysis of the associations of all these fabrics in their earliest site occurrences is required.

4.2 The late Roman to early Saxon transition

This is also a period warranting attention. It has been suggested that a regional or sub-regional approach to this issue might be profitable, with isolation of e.g.. the Severn Valley as one unit of study.

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