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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent map that YOU really need in your collection.
A very thorough detailed map showing many features of life in Roman Britain. Locations of Villas, Battles, Forts, Camps, Kilns and much more make this the best reference tool available at present.
I have personally passed on useful comments to archaeologists with reference to details on this map. They too are ordering copies to see the information that they are...
Published on 3 April 2002 by sewell01@chek.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars Packed with information, but a bit 'site lite'
There is a lot of contextual information packed around this map. Some of it is essential to the interpretation of the symbols used. However, much would have been better placed in an accompanying leaflet, and the extra space given over to more map for your money - both in terms of size and content.

I was surprised to discover how many sites are omitted from...
Published on 25 Jun. 2012 by D. V. Glasgow


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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent map that YOU really need in your collection., 3 April 2002
This review is from: Roman Britain (Historical Map & Guide) (Map)
A very thorough detailed map showing many features of life in Roman Britain. Locations of Villas, Battles, Forts, Camps, Kilns and much more make this the best reference tool available at present.
I have personally passed on useful comments to archaeologists with reference to details on this map. They too are ordering copies to see the information that they are missing !
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OS touring map of Roman Britain, 20 Dec. 2008
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The map is pretty much what you expect of a UK touring map coloured to indicate heights (green - brown), but with the modern road information all changed to a light grey to make it less obtrusive. Roman sites are then marked in coloured symbols and words. The map is double sided with the South on one side and the North on the other, split near Kendal

The quantity of Roman information in this map is many times greater than that in the "Ancient Britain" Map, and is much clearer by virtue of the colours used. The network of Roman roads are marked in red and clearly indicate towns and cities, although many of the marked sites seem to be away from obvious roads.

It would probably better suit electronic publishing, where you could choose to switch on and off different information, to give you clearer views of what you want.

For studying Roman Britain, I think this would be a good place to start. If you need it on a wall, then buy two copies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference map for anyone interested in the Roman period, 29 July 2010
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This map indicates various Roman features throughout the whole of Roman Britain; towns and settlements, villas, temples, shrines and other buildings, roads, forts and temporary camps, mineral and salt mines, pottery manufacturing locations and so on, as well as the Roman names for the tribes living in each region.

The information is superimposed on top of a greyed modern map, with some modern names in full type where a Roman site corresponds to a modern location, but at times it can look a little cluttered and it's not always easy to see which familiar corresponding modern locations are near to what you are looking at. Unfortunately there's no indication of the English names which have been subsequently applied some of the roads (Watling Street, Ermine Street, Akeman Street, Fosse Way), which would have been helpful. The lack of an indication of the presumed coastline in Roman times, which can differ significantly, is a minor deficiency.

Personally I could have done without the "extraneous" information, large areas of text and photographs concerning Roman religion, towns, industry, communications and so on, very much aimed at the initiate, which are plonked all round the edge of the map, and would have preferred a larger more detailed map alone.

Despite such failings, this is an extremely useful guide to the layout of Roman Britain which should interest anyone who has even a minor fascination with the period.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference, 9 Jan. 2004
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If you're looking for a map that gives you all the known Roman sites in a particular area, then this map will be very useful. I was slightly disappointed to discover that it can't be used as a wall poster, because Scotland & Northern England appear on the back. There is also a lot of additional information printed around the sides of the map and, although this is probably of interest to some, I would have preferred a more traditional map of the UK with less of the fashionable multimedia-style trimmings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Packed with information, but a bit 'site lite', 25 Jun. 2012
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D. V. Glasgow "DVG" (Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
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There is a lot of contextual information packed around this map. Some of it is essential to the interpretation of the symbols used. However, much would have been better placed in an accompanying leaflet, and the extra space given over to more map for your money - both in terms of size and content.

I was surprised to discover how many sites are omitted from this map. I sat down to plan visits to nearby Celtic sites. Only this map would have it that there aren't any - not even the ones I have previously visited, courtesy of already published guides.

I haven't found any note to advise on how sites were selected for inclusion, which is a little irritating. I suppose it *is* described as a map containing "...some of Great Britain's most important ancient monuments" - which begs the questions:- what proportion and on what basis are they selected?

However, this map is a thing of beauty, and does give a sense of the breadth and depth of our historical and prehistorical heritage.

If I could, I would give it 2 1/2 stars, but I rounded it up to 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic!, 15 July 2009
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It's great just to open up this map and get a real sense of how Roman Btitain was laid out. It's great to be able to look at where the towns were and where the roads were and all the rest. It gives you a sense fo the country in a way that just reading a book about it doesn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful tool, 17 Nov. 2010
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This map of Roman Britain is published by Ordnance Survey. It shows the Roman sites on a map where modern towns and roads are superimposed. In this way you can see where the ancent sites are in relation to modern towns and roads.

Some people may think the Roman remains in Britain are few and far between. But this s not true at all. As this map shows, there is a large number of Roman sites, and in many cases there is still a good deal to see today.

On one side of the map we have England and Wales (i.e. the south); on the other side we have Scotland (i.e. the north). The scale is 1:625,000. When the map is folded out, it measures 94 x 125 cm.

This publication is much more than a map. There are pictures of important locations and monuments. On one side (the south) there are pictures of the following:

* A Saxon shore fort = Pevensey
* The great Roman bath at Bath
* The amphitheatre in Caerleon, Wales
* The Civitas Silurum stone in Caerwent church

On the other side (the north) there are pictures of the following:

* A Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall = Housesteads
* The Antonine Wall in Scotand = Watling Lodge
* A detail of a polychrome mosaic from Woodchester Roman Villa
* A distance slab from the Antonine Wall = Bridgeness

There is also some text: an introduction followed by ten short chapters about ten different topics: military sites; theatres and amphitheatres; aqueducts; temples and villas; funeral monuments; roads; industry and mining; towns; Hadrian's Wall; and the Antonine Wall.

In addition, there is a chronological table which covers the period from 55 BC to AD 446. Finally, there is an index listing all the locations shown on the map.

What can you find on this map? Let me give you a few examples from both sides of the map. In the south (England and Wales) you can find Bignor Roman Villa (in Sussex) and Lullingstone Roman Villa (in Kent). You can find Fishbourne Roman Palace and the Saxon shore forts, the most impressive of these forts is Portchester Castle. You can also find the towns of London (Londinium) and York (Eburacum). But in the case of these two towns you will need to get another map to find the Roman sites.

Reference 1: Bignor Roman Villa

Reference 2: Lullingstone Roman Villa

Reference 3: Fishbourne Roman Palace

Reference 4: Portchester Castle

In the north (Scotland) you can find Hadrian's Wall with a number of forts along the wall. On the east coast you can find South Shields Roman Fort (Arbeia) and Wallsend (Segedunum). One of the most impressive forts is Housesteads (Vercovicium). One of the most interesting forts is Vindolanda, where archaeologists have discovered personal letters and messages from some of the Roman residents. You can also find the Antonine Wall with a number of forts in the vicinity.

Reference 5: Housesteads: A Fort and Garrison on Hadrian's Wall

Reference 6: Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier: Vindolanda and its People

Reference 7: The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier

Reference 8: The Antonine Wall

I like this map. It is a useful tool. In my opinion, the only problem with this map is that you have to fold it out to use it. When you fold it out, it is not very handy. You do not want to do this outside. Maybe the wind is blowing and perhaps it is raining! This map needs a large table. You will have to consult it in your room before going out.

Otherwise it is highly recommended.

Update: in 2011 Ordnance Survey published a new edition of the map (6th edition). Here is a link: Roman Britain (Historical Map and Guide).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romans everywhere, 15 Sept. 2010
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Lovely map, very crowded with known Roman sites. Great for perusing if you are a map aficionado and know something about the Romans in Britain. Sure, there must be sites everywhere- It's hard to be a plumber digging drains in England or to even go for a walk across a ploughed field without finding Roman pottery. Great for planning a visit to England to find the major sites. Only one caveat, it doesn't tell you if the sites can be visited or not, as many are located on private land.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a factual representation., 23 Jan. 2010
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As a third year archaeology student, with local knowledge of Norfolk in the Roman period. I have some misgivings about the information that is displayed as factual by this map. Garriannvs Fl shown on the map as a river snaking from Great Yarmouth and through Breydon Water is a notable point of concern as all modern developments are supposed to be shown in grey. Great Yarmouth did not exist in the Roman period and neither did that portion of the river Yare. The river Yare portion that did exist and which is not correctly identified as Garriannva Fl flowed below Reedham and is shown as grey just as the river Tas which linked Roman Venta Icenorvm to the river Yare is also greyed out. Given that almost all of the rivers are shown as grey modern developments I struggled to award this map two stars.

Historically Camden the author of Britannia originally credited Caister as being Gariannnonum but in later editions changed his mind to favour Burgh Castle. Spelman the author of Icenia took into account Camden's views but preferred to consider Caister as the fort identified on the map as being at Burgh Castle and named Gariannvm. While both of these gentlemen were learned scholars they were not archaeologists and were only expressing an opinion.

Burgh Castle is typically favoured as being the candidate site as in Roman times it would have been relatively close to the mouth of the river Yare but not as close as some people seem to think. There is another possible site for the location of the Roman fort named as Gariannvm currently being researched by me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A map of the past, 22 July 2010
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A beautifully produced map that really shows Roman Britain in detail.
Great educational aid for relating to timelines and modern road maps.
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