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The archaeology of Roman London Volume 2: early developments of Roman London west of the Walbrook

Dominic Perring and Steve Roskams with Patrick Allen

CBA Research Report No 70 (1991)

ISBN 0 906780 92 6


Title page of report 70

This report concerns 1st and 2nd century buildings and occupation on the western of the 2 hills on which Roman London was built. It is argued that the development of London was at no stage haphazard or uncontrolled. It was laid out before the Boudiccan rebellion and became built up during the Favian period. Occupation continued even after the densely settled town was destroyed in the Hadrianic fire but all areas show signs of decay by the end of the 2nd century


  • Title pages
  • Contents (p v)
  • List of figures (pp vi-vii)
  • List of plates (p vii)
  • Acknowledgements (p viii)
  • Summary (pp ix-x)
  • French and German summaries (pp x-xiv)
  • 1 Introduction (pp 1-2)
  • 2 The sites: archaeological sequence and summaries (pp 3-66)
    • Newgate Street by S P Roskams (pp 3-26)
    • Watling Court by D Perring (pp 26-44)
    • Milk Street by S P Roskams with P Allen (pp 44-51)
    • Well Court by P Allen with D Perring (pp 51-57)
    • Ironmonger Lane by J Norton (pp 57-63)
    • Dating evidence and finds by F Grew (pp 63-64)
    • Tree-ring analysis of Roman timbers from Watling Court by J Hilliam (p 64)
    • The dark earth by S P Roskams (pp 64-65)
  • 3 The buildings by D Perring (pp 67-107)
    • Building materials (pp 67-68)
    • Preparation for construction (pp 68-71)
    • Walls (pp 71-84)
    • Wall finishing (pp 84-87)
    • Fencing and scaffolding (pp 87-88)
    • Floors and mosaics with contributions by D J Smith (pp 88-94)
    • Roofing and other aspects of building superstructure (pp 94-95)
    • Internal appointments (pp 95-99)
    • Organisation within the insulae: property boundaries and services (pp 99-101)
    • Building design and use (pp 101-106)
    • The context and development of building traditions (pp 106-107)
  • 4 The topographical and functional characteristics of the settlement west of the Walbrook by S P Roskams with P Allen (pp 108-118)
    • The limits of the settlement (pp 108-112)
    • The street system (pp 112-117)
    • Exploitation of raw materials (pp 117-118)
  • 5 Conclusions by S P Roskams (pp 119-121)
  • Appendix (p 122)
  • Bibliography (pp 123-124)
  • Index (pp 125-126)

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