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The hoarding of Roman metal objects in fifth-century Britain

Guest, Peter 2014. The hoarding of Roman metal objects in fifth-century Britain. In: Haarer, Fiona K., Collins, Rob, Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Keith J., Moorhead, Sam and Petts, David eds. AD 410: The History and Archaeology of Late and Post-Roman Britain, London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, pp. 117-129.

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Abstract

Why have so many hoards of late Roman gold, silver and bronze objects been recovered from the British Isles, and what do these finds tell us about the ‘End’ of Roman Britain? This article explores these important questions and, reassessing the numismatic, archaeological and historical evidence, suggests that this highly unusual episode occurred in the years following the secession of Britain from the Roman Empire in c. a.d. 410. It is further proposed that the mass deposition of late Roman material culture reflects the population’s response to their sudden political and social isolation, and their attempts to come to terms with the new post-Roman realities of the fifth century.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CJ Numismatics
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Publisher: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
ISBN: 9780907764403
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:44
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/67376

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