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Ancient Roads of East Anglia

Aerial view of Sutton Hoo, taken in May 1983, showing the old road that runs through the site. (Cliff Hoppitt)

with John Fairclough

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 27th May 2006

Beginning with a look at the evidence for the nature of ancient roads and signs of their survival, we will then concentrate on examples in East Anglia. Some time will be spent examining the different types of Roman roads in the region. We will conclude with a general consideration of the impact of pre-Roman and Roman roads on the modern patterns of routes.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Paths, tracks and roads. How did people travel in prehistoric times? Do we still use some of the same routes?  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 What is distinctive about Roman roads? The evidence for different types of roads and how they were constructed, with some specific examples.  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 Detailed study of the routes of some Roman roads in East Anglia.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Comparison of the current pattern of roads in the region with known pre-Roman and Roman routes  
  16:15 Close  

About John Fairclough

John Fairclough studied Greats at Oxford and worked on the excavation of Iron Age hillforts in the Welsh Borders in the 1960s. He was Museum Education Officer for Suffolk for 25 years and has lectured since for Cambridge University, UEA, and WEA.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Ashwin & Davison (eds) An Historical Atlas of Norfolk, 3rd ed. [Chichester 2005]
Davies, H. Roads in Roman Britain [Tempus, Stroud 2002]
Dilke, O A W, Greek and Roman Maps [London 1985]
Dymond & Martin (eds) An Historical Atlas of Suffolk, 3rd ed. [Suffolk County Council 1999]
Greene, K, The Archaeology of the Roman Economy [London 1986]
Margary, Ivan D, Roman Roads in Britain, 3rd ed. [London 1973]
Pryor, Francis, Seahenge [HarperCollins, London 2001]
Robinson & Gregory, Norfolk Origins 3: Celtic Fire & Roman Rule [Cromer 1987]
Robinson & Rose, Norfolk Origins 2: Roads & Tracks [Cromer 1983]
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk [Manchester 1996]
Williamson, T., The Origins of Norfolk [Manchester 1993]


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Wuffing Education,
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