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17 September 2015
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Understanding Roman Frontiers

A Celebration for Professor Bill Hanson

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Roman frontiers defined the Roman Empire, one of the greatest states that the world has ever seen. By understanding these frontiers we can better understand the relationship between Rome and her neighbours. Leading scholars of the frontiers of the Roman Empire have come together to present this collection of essays published in honour of one of their most distinguished practitioners, Professor Bill Hanson. The focus of the book is how we understand the operation and function of Roman frontiers, how we learn about the effect of these frontiers on the people who lived in their vicinity, and how new scientific techniques, particularly remote sensing, help us to extend our knowledge. The book is divided into three parts: studies of the frontier installations; considerations of the value of artefacts; and discussions of future directions for research. The contributors bring the results of recent work to the public, including the ways in which we interpret and present Roman frontiers, and cast light on the vitality of life on the frontier zone nearly 2,000 years ago.



David Breeze OBE is Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. He was formerly Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland, and is the author of books on Hadrian’s Wall, the Antonine Wall, Roman frontiers and the Roman army. He is an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Newcastle, and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow University.

Rebecca Jones is Head of Archaeology Strategy at Historic Scotland. She was formerly an archaeologist at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. She gained a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow.

Ioana Oltean is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter, which she joined in 2007. She was previously British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, where she also gained her PhD, following earlier studies at the Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj Napoca, Romania).

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