The Roman Invasion of Britain

Archaeology Versus History

Birgitta Hoffmann

Date Published :
September 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16pp color plates, plus b/w maps and diagrams
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526756633
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The purpose of this book is to take what we think we know about the Roman Conquest of Britain from historical sources, and compare it with the archaeological evidence, which is often contradictory. Archaeologists and historians all too often work in complete isolation from each other and this book hopes to show the dangers of neglecting either form of evidence. In the process, it challenges much received wisdom about the history of Roman Britain.

Birgitta Hoffmann tackles the subject by taking a number of major events or episodes (such as Caesar's incursions, Claudius' invasion, and Boudicca’s revolt), presenting the accepted narrative as derived from historical sources, and then presenting the archaeological evidence for the same. The result of this innovative approach is a book full of surprising and controversial conclusions that will appeal to the general reader as well as those studying or teaching courses on ancient history or archaeology.

About The Author

Dr Birgitta Hoffmann teaches archaeology at the University of Liverpool and is also co-director of the Roman Gask Project (excavating the Gask Ridge frontier system in Perthshire, which predates Hadrian's Wall by half a century).


"Unlike accounts that rely almost exclusively on the fragmentary literary records, this volume incorporates the archaeological record to supplement, support, or refute what Roman or post-Roman writers have said about the British Isles. Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates, and students in two-year technical programs."

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