The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain: an online resource

Martyn Allen, Nathan Blick, Tom Brindle, Tim Evans, Michael Fulford, Neil Holbrook, Julian D Richards, Alex Smith, 2015 (updated 2016)

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Overview - about this resource

Our study is based on a selective sample of sites and only covers those with excavated evidence. Our prerequisites for inclusion are that the data can contribute to our understanding of settlement morphology, field systems, architecture, industry, people, ritual and systems of belief, and to the broader questions of social and economic status. In the case of the latter this requires the material or ecological data to be sufficiently robust in terms of characterisation and quantification to address such questions. It was found that small-scale evaluations and excavations, pre- or post-1990, generally did not provide data with suitable potential. However, even in a situation where a significant number of reports did not contribute enough morphological information to allow a settlement to be classified, the information that could be derived from other categories of evidence justified inclusion in the project.

Using the map

The Web mapping application is based on the project dataset, for which a number of criteria are listed above. These include the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire created by Johan Åhlfeldt. Users should be aware that this map has not been created by the Roman Rural Settlement project, and is used here (under a CC-BY-SA licence) to provide a thematic backdrop. As such, the project is not responsible for any classifications or omissions within that particular layer.

In addition, as a synthesis of the excavated evidence this resource does not intend to be an exhaustive or authoritative record of all Roman evidence from England and Wales. Users wishing to conduct their own work or research are recommended to consult the relevant Historic Environment Record (HER), of which the following resources and lists for England and Wales are available.