Collecting Ancient Fields: Adapting conflict archaeology to a Roman context.

Author(s): Joanne E Ball

Year: 2018


In the last three decades, the methodologies developed within conflict archaeology have contributed to the exploration of sites far beyond the temporal boundaries of the C19th as imagined in its initial phases. However, methodological difficulties begin to emerge in extending the discipline to conflict pre-dating the introduction of blackpowder weapons. However, existing methodologies can be adapted around the archaeological characteristics of conflict in much earlier periods. This paper considers this process in the context of Roman conflict archaeology. Although the process of Roman conflict left a substantial material signature, problems have been encountered with the physical characteristics of artefacts (particularly the heavy use of ferrous metals), the scale of conflict landscapes, and shortcomings in the historical records. This paper highlights the main challenges in approaching Roman conflict archaeology, presenting an adaptive methodology for exploring conflict sites from this period, bridging the gap between the ancient and modern within the discipline.

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Collecting Ancient Fields: Adapting conflict archaeology to a Roman context.. Joanne E Ball. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441816)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1049