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Roman shipping and trade: Britain and the Rhine provinces

Joan du Plat Taylor and Henry Cleere (Editors)

CBA Research Report No 24 (1978)

ISBN 0 900312 62 9


Title page of report 24

The papers printed in this Report were presented at a Symposium held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, in January 1977. The Symposium was jointly sponsored by the Council for British Archaeology and the Nautical Archaeology Trust. It was the first such joint enterprise between these two bodies, and was designed to bring nautical and 'land-based' archaeologists together for the first time. Programme planning was in the hands of a small working party consisting of Professor Barry Cunliffe, the late Paul Johnstone, Mrs Margaret Rule (Secretary, NAT), and Henry Cleere (Director, CBA); after Paul's untimely death, Mrs Valerie Fenwick joined the working party to represent the NAT.

The Symposium was well attended, and the participants were drawn from a number of western European countries. The discussions on the papers-and, perhaps more important, more informal discussions outside the conference hall-showed how important the initiative taken by the two sponsoring bodies was: it became clear that the two groups were to a large extent unaware of one another's results and problems. It is to be hoped that the contacts established in this way will lead to closer links being formed between nautical and land archaeologists for the joint solution of these and similar problems.

The papers fall into two groups: four papers reporting recent discoveries of boats of the Roman period in the Rhine provinces are followed by a bridging paper on harbours in Britain, which leads into the second group of papers on the archaeological evidence for trade. The final paper, by Dr John Peter Wild, is by way of a summing up of the proceedings, with some valuable observations based on his own work on the textile industry of the Roman period.


  • Title pages
  • Editors' Foreword and List of Contributors (p vii)
  • Shipping on the Rhine during the Roman period: the pictorial evidence by Detlev Ellmers (pp 1-14)
  • Ships of the Roman period at Zwammerdam/Nigrum Pullum, Germania Inferior by MD de Weerd (pp 15-21)
  • Roman boats from a small river harbour at Pommeroeul, Belgium by Guy De Boe (pp 22-30)
  • Gallo-Roman boat finds in Switzerland by Beat Arnold (pp 31-35)
  • Roman harbours in Britain south of Hadrian's Wall by Henry Cleere (pp 36-40)
  • Britain and the Rhine provinces: epigraphic evidence for Roman trade by Mark Hassall (pp 41-48)
  • The Rhine and the problem of Gaulish wine in Roman Britain by D P S Peacock (pp 49-51)
  • Roman trade between Britain and the Rhine provinces: the evidence of pottery to cAD 250 by Kevin Greene (pp 52-58)
  • The interpretation of Britain's late Roman trade: the scope of medieval historical and archaeological analogy by Michael Furford (pp 59-69)
  • Trade in glass by Jennifer Price (pp 70-78)
  • Cross-Channel trade and the textile industry by John Peter Wild (pp 79-81)
  • Index (pp 83-86)

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