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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

11. MAJOR RESEARCH ISSUES: SITE STATUS

11.1 Potential and Objectives

The development of pottery studies in relation to aspects such as site status is considered important. A limited survey in Warwickshire suggested a clear correlation between site status and different types of assemblage (Booth 1991). A similar ongoing survey in the Upper Thames Valley, with a wider range of assemblages and a degree of chronological differentiation, is producing comparable results. The interrelationships of different components of the contemporary settlement pattern can be illuminated by such studies. The potential benefits of extending this approach to a wider range of areas across the region are clear. This is an area of work where pottery studies, particularly if (again) integrated with examination of other artefact types, can make a real contribution to the debate on the character, extent and meaning of Romanization.

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