Study Group for Roman Pottery

National Research Framework: West of Britain

Social Identity

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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

12. MAJOR RESEARCH ISSUES: SOCIAL IDENTITY

12.1 Pottery Distributions & Social Identity

The possibility that aspects of social/cultural identity may be discernible in ceramic patterning is worthy of consideration. Possible examples of artefactual distributions within the region include the apparently well-defined eastern limit of the distribution of Severn Valley Ware. This distribution (as well as those of other types) could be studied in more detail, compared with the distribution of other artefact types such as Iron Age coins, brooches and quern stones, and correlated with 'known' tribal boundaries in order to assess its significance.

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