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Roman urban topography in Britain and the western Empire

Francis Grew and Brian Hobley (editors)

CBA Research Report No 59 (1985)

ISBN 0 906780 47 0


Title page of report 59

This volume contains the proceedings of the third conference on urban archaeology organized jointly by the CBA and the Department of Urban Archaeology of the Museum of London. The reports describe Roman urban topography in Britain, Italy, Gaul and northern Europe. Aspects described are the planning, building, and growth of Roman towns, as well as economical and mechanical factors involved in their development.


  • Title pages
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Contributors
  • Acknowlegements
  • Introduction: the study of Classic urban topography by Francis Grew and Brian Hobley
  • Part I Pre-Roman
    • Aspects of urbanization in northern Europe by Barry Cunliffe
  • Part II The planning and building of Roman towns
    • Ground survey and measurement in Roman towns by O A W Dilke
    • The mechanics of the building trade by Roger Ling
    • Who paid for public buildings in Roman cities? by R P Duncan-Jones
    • Civic Pride: a factor in Roman town planning by S S Frere
    • Roman towns and their plans by Richard Reece
    • The functions of urban buildings: some problems by J S Wacher
    • The Roman housing market by John Casey
  • Part III Roman towns in Italy and the west
    • Urbanization in the three Gauls: some observations by J F Drinkwater
    • Forum and Capitolium in the early Empire by Malcolm Todd
  • Part IV Towns in Roman Britain
    • Geography and the growth of towns, with special reference to Britain by Peter Salway
    • The quick and the dead: suburbs, cemeteries, and the town by Simon Esmonde Cleary
    • Colchester: the mechanics of laying out a town by Philip Crummy
    • New streets for old: the topography of Roman Lincoln by Michael J Jones
    • London in the 1st and early 2nd centuries by Dominic Perring
    • London in the 3rd and 4th centuriesby Peter Marsden
    • Aspects of the topography of Wroxeter (Viroconium Cornoviorum) by Philip Barker
  • Index

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