Roman and Early Medieval Wales Hardcover – Illustrated, 19 Oct 2000
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The book covers all areas of Wales, from the urban south to the rural north. Starting with the period of the conquest, the book covers subjects such as communications; population, society and political structure; urbanisation; military related-settlement; rural settlement; subsistence; economic activity; art and architecture; religion and ritual and death and burial.
This gives you a very broad and interesting look at all of Roman society in the country, and I found the sections on the developments of the 'Vici' fascinating. The look at rural settlement and religion were also very good.
The second part of the book covers the Dark Ages, with a look at Welsh society between AD 400-1000. This section is a lot thinner than the Roman, but it's interesting nonetheless. There's a lack of archaeological evidence for this period, but the authors make the best of the scant evidence.
Photographs, maps, graphs, line drawings and reconstructive paintings are included. These are often well placed and edited, even though the maps can be a bit basic sometimes.
In conclusion I found this book a scholarly and indepth look at Roman society in Wales. It might not be the easiest read at times, and prior knowledge of the period is a must, but interested non-experts and students of the period will find this book invaluable. Recommended!
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