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Friends, Romans, Countrymen? The archaeology of the Roman period in Colchester, Essex, and Britain

A mosaic floor recently made on the theme of the Roman circus in Colchester (Howard Brooks)

with Howard Brooks FSA

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 5th December 2009

It has been traditional view that the Roman period in Britain was a military take-over of hostile British territory - but was this really the case?

In this day school we will look at the Roman expeditions or invasions of 55 BC (Julius Caesar) and AD 43 (Claudius), and at the “Romanisation” of the province of Britannia. We will then examine a selection of Roman sites - forts, villas and towns - with special reference to Colchester and its recently discovered Roman circus.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Caesar and Claudius: first contact with the Romans. New ideas about the Roman invasion of Britain  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Roman Essex in Roman Britain- roads, towns, villas.  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Dead interesting- Roman burial in Colchester.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Circus comes to town – the newly discovered Roman circus and other Roman sites in Colchester.  
  16:15 Close  

About Howard Brooks FSA

Howard first dug in a Derbyshire cave site in 1969, and his first involvement in East Anglian Archaeology came in 1970 when he dug at Sheepen (Colchester) with Rosalind Dunnett. He studied archaeology at the University of Wales, and graduated in 1975. He worked for Colchester Archaeological Trust between 1976 and 1981, and again in 1985, where he was involved in the excavation of Roman Colchester. Between 1986 and 1991, he worked for Essex County Archaeology Section, mainly in directing the fieldwalking and excavation project at Stansted Airport. He is currently Deputy Director of Excavations for Colchester Archaeological Trust and a tutor for the University of Cambridge. He lives in Colchester with his wife and youngest daughter, and performs in ‘Am Drams’ and operettas in what little spare time he has.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Crummy, Phillip, City of Victory: the story of Colchester, Britain’s first Roman town (Colchester Archaeological Trust 1997)
De la Bedoyere, G., The Buildings of Roman Britain (Batsford 1991)
De la Bedoyere, G., Roman Towns in Britain (Batsford 1992)
De la Bedoyere, G., Roman villas and the countryside (Batsford 1989)
Frere, Sheppard, Britannia (RKP 1987)
Manley, John, AD 43 : the Roman invasion of Britain : a reassessment (Tempus 2002)
Potter, T.W., & C.Johns, Roman Britain (British Museum Press 1995; paperback 2000)
Salway, Peter, Roman Britain (Oxford University Press 1984)
Wacher, John, The Towns of Roman Britain (Batsford 1974)
Webster, Graham, The Roman invasion of Britain (Batsford 1993)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places and then send the application form and a cheque for £38, payable to Wuffing Education to:

Wuffing Education,
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Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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