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Soldiers And Spaces: Daily Life In Late Roman Forts

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Chapter Summary

Roman forts in the north-western part of the empire were vibrant, dynamic environments through which different groups of people moved, and in which they interacted. They are thus essential contexts for the understanding of broader changes in the Roman world. In Late Antiquity, the forts of Britain and northern Gaul show clear signs of the kinds of changes that overtook these provinces in the 5th c. A.D., at the same time as indicating long-term continuities in daily practices. This chapter explores the evidence of both settlement and burial deposits from such sites to try and capture something of this balance between tradition and transformation. The emphasis will be on the vital importance for archaeologists of understanding the different temporal scales at which various past processes occurred.

Keywords: Britain fort; Late Antiquity; Roman forts; Roman world

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