Early Italy’s Canals

When discussing the concept of identity in the ancient world, as historians we often group people by actions and achievements, as much as how they wanted to be seen. When discussing Early Rome, it has often been the case in the past to say that certain innovations, rather than natural developments, were due to the … Continue reading Early Italy’s Canals

Romans, Wiltshire and Landscape Surveys

In my last post I discussed how survey archaeology is useful to gain an understanding of a city, in this one I want to show how it can be used to reconstruct the ancient landscape, in this case the landscape of Roman Wiltshire. Wiltshire is a good example for the benefits of landscape archaeology since … Continue reading Romans, Wiltshire and Landscape Surveys

Looking Death in the Face – Closing thoughts

When I embarked on this project, I didn’t realise the extent of the work I would have to do, in all honesty I expected to look at some tombstones and write a little bit about them. Instead I went on journey about how we view the past, and how we view ourselves. Chester seemed like … Continue reading Looking Death in the Face – Closing thoughts

Some useful texts for Ancient Historians and Archaeologists

As the beginning of the academic year commences, I thought it worth thinking about what books a student hoping to do Ancient History or Classics might need. By the end of my first year at uni, my straining shelves held over one hundred books, so I know which are essential and which are a waste … Continue reading Some useful texts for Ancient Historians and Archaeologists