Hodder, I. and Hassall, M. W C. (1971). The non-random spacing of Romano-British walled towns. Man n ser 6. Vol 6, pp. 391-407.

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The non-random spacing of Romano-British walled towns
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Man n ser 6
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6
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391 - 407
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This study applies Central Place Theory to Roman towns in SE Britain. Two categories of towns were distinguished, implanted coloniae and the civitas capitals. The latter head a rough hierarchy above minor walled towns and unwalled centres. After the distribution was found to be non-random, three procedures of analysis were applied. The first demonstrated that minor settlements were distributed according to transport rather than marketing principles. Further, the distribution of settlements suggested status for Water Newton and Ilchester similar to that of civitas capitals, while Gloucester ranked as a minor walled settlement, conclusions confirmed by other evidence. The position of London failed to disrupt the general pattern. The second procedure suggests a pattern of minor settlements clustered around a major site, following the theories of Kolb and Brunner rather than Christaller. Finally, comparison using true road distance showed close correspondence with the idealized hexagonal pattern. The methods, employing Nearest Neighbour Analysis, Thiessen polygons and hexagonal grids, will help to formulate testable hypotheses for the development of the settlement pattern and for the relative status and function of different settlements. J R C
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Ian Hodder
M W C Hassall
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1971
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Roman (MIDAS)
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05 Dec 2008