The rural settlement of Roman Britain

Roman house from the airPPG 16 (Planning Policy 16) was implemented in 1990. It embedded the principle of developers paying for the mitigation of any damage, or loss to the archaeological heritage, that might result from their proposals by means of preservation by record. It was superseded by PPS 5 (Planning Policy Statement 5) in 2010 (which in turn has been superseded by the National Planning Policy Framework).

As a consequence of PPG 16 a great deal of excavation has been carried out on the archaeology of Roman Britain, particularly on the rural settlement of England, but the majority of that work has not been published (the ‘grey literature’), but is archived in local authority Historic Environment Records. The aim of the Leverhulme project is to research both unpublished and published sources to write a new account of the rural settlement of Roman Britain. The results will be published on an interactive web-site in collaboration with the Archaeology Data Service, University of York and in a book-length study.

The project is a collaboration with Cotswold Archaeology with funding from English Heritage. It will run from April 2012 to September 2015.

April 14th Reading Conference: The Rural Settlement of Roman England: from regional perspectives to national synthesis

Download the PDFs of the powerpoints from the conference:

Tom Brindle - Material Culture Perspectives

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Martyn Allen - Agricultural Expansion & Specialisation in Roman Britain

Mike Fulford - 'Summing Up'



Newsletter 3 - Jan 2014 (PDF 477KB)

Newsletter 2 - June 2013 (PDF 966KB)


Seminar Presentations

Yorkshire seminar held in York on 15th October 2014

South-West Regional seminar held in Exeter on 19th June 2014

West Midlands project seminar held in Birmingham on 5th March 2014

South-East England project seminar held at Society of Antiquaries, London, on 30th October 2013

East of England project seminar held at Cambridge University in March 2013

East Midlands project seminar held at University of Leicester in June 2013


[Image with kind permission of Oxford Archaeology.] 


Roman Archaeology Conference, Reading, 28th-30th March 2014

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