Bridge over troubled water: The Roman finds from the River Tees at Piercebridge in context Cite this using datacite

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Bridge over troubled water: The Roman finds from the River Tees at Piercebridge in context
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Britannia Monograph series
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34
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Bridge_Over_Troubled_Water.pdf (148 MB) : Download
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1085344
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When Roman objects are discovered in rivers across the north-western provinces of the Roman Empire, they are often interpreted as the accidental losses of travellers or as rubbish deposits revealed by fluvial erosion; this is in contrast to prehistoric assemblages, which are usually seen as ritual offerings.Our project challenges these assumptions by publishing an entire riverine artefactual assemblage for the first time and placing it into its archaeological context. British material has not previously been studied at all, and on the continent only exceptional assemblages like the large vessel hoard from Neupotz or high status objects like swords have been studied. To remedy this situation, we are publishing all the finds from the Tees at Roman Piercebridge (3,619 objects) as a Britannia monograph, including objects such as fishing weights and furniture fittings as well as gold jewellery and coinage. Interpretative chapters explore the significance of the different categories of finds while the individual objects are all recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website (www.finds.org.uk). We employ Correspondence Analysis to compare the composition of the riverine assemblage to those excavated at nearby sites, and demonstrate that its chronological and functional profile differs significantly from settlement sites, making ritual deposition of at least some finds highly likely. There are also chapters on Roman riverine deposition and the significance of bridges across the Roman world, as well as the archaeological context of the discovery.
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Hella Eckardt ORCID icon
Philippa Walton
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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
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Berni Sudds (Author contributing)
Owen Humphreys (Author contributing)
Eniko Hudak (Author contributing)
Ruth Shaffrey (Author contributing)
Jo Mills (Author contributing)
Jemma Moorhouse (Author contributing)
Martyn Allen (Author contributing)
James Gerrard (Author contributing) ORCID icon
Christopher P Green (Author contributing)
E Green (Author contributing)
Kris Lockyear (Author contributing)
Leslie Rimmel (Author contributing)
R S O Tomlin (Author contributing)
Sally Worrell (Author contributing)
Mark Hoyle (Illustrator)
Sarah Lambert-Gates (Illustrator)
Aaron Watson (Illustrator)
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2021
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The book is published both in hardcopy and as an Open Access book; in the online archive (link below) you can find reports by specialists on certain categories of the Piercebridge finds only published in summary in the book.
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Project archive: https://doi.org/10.5284/1083485
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30 Apr 2021