Study Group for Roman Pottery

National Research Framework: West of Britain

Romanization

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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

10. MAJOR RESEARCH ISSUES: 'ROMANIZATION'

10.1 The Potential of Pottery Evidence

Romanization is a multi-faceted problem, many aspects of which have as yet hardly been considered from the ceramic angle. However, existing studies suggest that ceramic evidence has much potential for elucidating such areas.

The impact of the Roman conquest upon the ceramic traditions of the region was variable, and needs to be mapped in more detail. Which areas ‘Romanized’ and which did not requires clarification, as does the relationship between changes and the nature of the social structure of the region.

Specific questions include whether military pottery had a significant impact on the process of Romanization within the region. What was the relationship between patterns of supply to military and contemporary civil market centres, in terms e.g.. of identifiable imports such as Samian, other fine wares and amphorae?

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