External Contacts and the Economy of Late-Roman and Post-Roman Britain

December 1996
13 line illustrations
190 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851156552
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

External Contacts and the Economy of Late-Roman and Post-Roman Britain

Edited by K.R. Dark

Studies of Britain in transition from Romano-British to medieval Celtic economy.
This book brings together new archaeological, historical and palaeoecological approaches to the transition from the Romano-British to medieval Celtic economy between the fourth and ninth centuries AD. The articles include a reassessment of the end of the Romano-British economy, suggesting that the conventional interpretation — a sudden collapse in production in the early fifth century —is incorrect; pollen analysis is a key approach in understanding the end of the agricultural economy,and here, for the first time, all relevant pollen sequences are catalogued and discussed. There is a new research into imported pottery and glass and inscribed stone monuments, and the contacts which brought imports into Britain and Ireland are reevaluated from new evidence which includes archaeological material from shipwrecks of AD 400-600.: K.R. DARK, PETRA DAY, JONATHAN M. WOODING, EWAN CAMPBELL, ANNE BOWMAN, CHRISTOPHER SPAREY-GREEN, JEREMY KNIGHT

Table of Contents

Proto-industrialisation and the end of the Roman economy - K R Dark
Palaeoecological evidence for landscape continuity and change in Britain ca A.D. 400-800 - S P Dark
Pottery and local production at the end of Roman Britain - K R Dark
Cargoes in trade along the western seaboard -
The archaeological evidence for external contracts: imports, trade and economy in Celtic Britain A.D. 400-800 - Ewan N Campbell
Post-Roman imports in Britain and Ireland: a maritime perspective - Ann Bowman
Seasoned with salt: insular-gallic contacts in the early memorial stones and cross slabs - J K Knight
Poundbury, Dorset: settlement and economy in late and post-Roman Dorchester - Christopher Sparey-Green


A stimulating collection which has much to offer those interested in the interface between the classical world and the middle ages in the west. HISTORY Interesting group [of papers] and a useful contribution to the emerging debate about the nature of 5th- to 7th-century western Britain. CAMBRIAN MEDIEVAL CELTIC STUDIES