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A Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain Hardcover – 5 Sep 1988

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  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; 3rd Revised edition edition (5 Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0094686807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0094686809
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 12.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Very high standards of accuracy are maintained in the text and an admirably chosen bibliography is an invaluable feature..' -- M. Todd, Britannia 13 (1982), 450

‘. . . I will continue to be thankful for what is now an essential item on the bookshelf of every student of Roman Britain.’ -- M. Henig, Journal of the British Archaeological Association 142 (1989), 85-6

‘. . . indispensable . . . appreciated both by the casual visitor and the Romano-British specialist.’ -- J. P. Alcock, Bulletin of the London Institute of Archaeology 26 (1989), 304-5

‘. . . stands out by itself, a book to be recommended to the serious student of the period and to the general visitor alike.’ -- P. Salway, Roman Britain (Oxford 1981), 764

‘Completely up-to-date. . . It is hard to imagine a better book of this sort.’ -- T. W. Potter, Archaeology 43.1 (1990), 81-2 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Roger Wilson is Professor of Archaeology at University of Nottingham and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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This is the fourth edition of what has been for a number of years THE standard guide to visiting Roman sites in the UK. Much larger and with more detail than earlier editions it is full of essential information for the visitor - both professional and amateur. The book is divided up geographical lines with the best sites in each chapter being rated with a star when compared with other sites within that chapter. Hadrian's Wall is, deservedly, given its own separate chapter. Clear diagrams of the sites are, where appropriate, given.
The clarity of the information is excellent with an initial outline chapter giving the background to Roman Britain.
One minor complaint is about quality of the back-and-white photographs: some (most?) of these were present in the first edition which was published over 20 years ago and are looking very dated. I have thought that a modern guide book such as this would have had at least some in colour.
Having said that, this is a must-buy for anyone with an interest in one of the most important periods in British history.
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Having this book in your pocket is like taking the author with you on site visits. Don't worry about a thing, Wilson is as adept at finding all the vantage points in a walk round York (including the display in the locked room under the toilets) as he is at finding the few stones in the field you were looking for at Catterick.
If you want to get the best out of a visit to visible Roman remains anywhere in Britain and have only room in your rucksack for one book, then this is the one to take.
Highly recommended.
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One only has to look at a list of English Heritage sites to appreciate the rich array of Roman ruins still visible in Britain. There is no better introduction to them than Roger J. A. Wilson's "A Guide to the Roman Remains in Britain," which, having been out of print for almost a decade, is available again. Satisfyingly compact in the hand, the illustrated guide provides directions, descriptions, and the historical importance of more than 240 sites. There is, as well, a long introduction, glossary of terms, and timeline. Together with the Ordnance Survey map of "Roman Britain," one cannot do better exploring the countryside. Would that Professor Wilson have the time to provide a fourth edition!
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Its a reasonable book, but you cant just jump in. Its really hard to figure out where you are. Its like he starts at one end of the country and in a single paragraph, without headers, breaks, titles or other navigation devises talks through 700 pages of walking arounf Britain. In short you absolutly cant just flick through it. Its just rock sold almost unformatted text. I wanted something that I could browse through and say look at a section maybe on Dover, and read all about Dover. Its not really possible. You have to look dover up in the index and Dover is referenced about 10 times. The bold entry takes you to a new paragraph on page 48-52. Thats it, its a new paragraph, or at least there are no titles, just the word Dover in bold. I have only given it two because im sure there is a context in which this this would be great as its clearly very detailed and informative. I just think you have to be there in Dover to really appreciate it as it has directions and opening times both daily and seasonal. For example, it says 'After passing the ticket office, you look down on the Saxon Shore fort defences, well preserved to your left.' Well, to my left is my kitchen. So you really nee to be there. As such, unless you really intend to vist many Roman sites I cant really see this as being of much use to anyone. However, it is nice and solid and you can use it to prop up phones and tablets on your desk or through it at your partner during a row. Hence two stars.
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An excellent book, with clear descriptions of the visible remains and importantly the exact locations are given using OS grid references. Regarding how to get to some of the sites, modernisation to roads and housing developments may make some of the authors descriptions irrelevant (but use of a current OS map will allow anyone interested to find the site they are looking for).

As someone interested in visiting Roman sites in Britain I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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