Roman and Early Medieval England


Roman & Early Medieval England

This London-based program focusses on Roman, Early Christian and Dark Age Archaeology in Britain. Lectures explore the legacy of the conquering Romans, the coming of Christianity to England and the treasures of the 'Dark Ages'.

Field trips in London will take us to investigate some of the world's most renown antiquities in the Britain Museum and the Museum of London.

The course includes Four full-day field trips outside of London will take us to St. Albans, which was an important Roman Town known as Verulamium, with its extensive Roman remains and lavish mosaics; to Fishbourne Palace in Sussex, the largest single Roman building uncovered in Britain, to the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury, one of the most venerated medieval shrines, and to the spar town of Bath, its splendour famous in both the Roman and Georgian periods. We will also enjoy an excursion through the City of London and a visit to Lullingstone Roman villa famous for its early Christian 4th Century Wall Paintings.

Extracurricular activities will include a night-time tour of London, a visit to St Martin's-in-the-Fields for a concert (schedule permitting) and a welcome and farewell gathering.


Web Resources

Photos (course 55434 )

Butser Ancient Farm

Canterbury Council

Fishbourne Palace

The Atlantic Celts Web

Lullingstone Roman Villa

Roman Baths, Bath

St Albans Museums

Museum Of London

How did the Romans Do Maths

Costs in the Roman World

How Much is it worth? -

value of money in the past

Council for British Archaeology

Current Archaeology

Fiction in Archaeology Book list

History Links

  Book List  


The Battle For Gaul, Caesar, Julius (ed Anne & Peter Wiseman).

Chatto And Windus Ltd London 1989 Describes Britain in the Prehistoric Period

The Isles, Davis, Norman

Macmillan, 1999 Great book on Britain's history

Citisights Guide To London, Flude, Kevin

Author's Choice Press ( ISBN 0-595-18147-3.

In Their Own Words , Flude, Kevin

Available on-line An Anthology of Quotes from the Celtic, Roman and Dark Ages (photocopied version available)

Classics On-Line

The Atlantic Celts - Ancient People Or Modern Invention?, James, Simon

British Museum Press Interesting polemic about Celts

Heart Of The City, Rowsome, Peter

Museum Of London, 2000 Excavation report that provides a history of London

The History Of The Kings Of Britain, Geoffrey Of Monmouth (trans Lewis Thorpe)

Penguin Books, 1966 Entertaining & Dubious (?) legends of Britain

Guided By A Stone Mason, Thomas Maud

I B Taurus Great book to understand Church building

Britain And The End Of The Roman Empire, Dark, Ken

Tempus 2000 Latest book on the subject



Archaeogenetics: Dna And The Population Prehistory Of Europe, Renfrew and Boyle, Edited by

Oxbow Books 2000.

Museum Guides, Various

Various Guides to Butser, Fishbourne, Verulamium, Bath etc.



The Celtic World , Cunliffe, Barry

Constable And Co 1990

Iron Age Britain , Cunliffe, Barry.

English Heritage 1995

Prehistoric London, Merriman, N

Museum Of London, 1991 Really the only book on the subject



Gladiators At The Guildhall, Bateman, Nick

Museum Of London, 2000 Excavation Report at the Roman Amphitheatre

Roman Britain, Branigan, Keith

Reader's Digest 1980 Well illustrated

Landscape Of Roman Britain, Dark, Ken

Sutton Publishing 1998

Roman Villas And The Countryside, De La Bedoyere, Guy

English Heritage 1993

The Decline And Fall Of Roman Britain, Faulkner, Neil

Tempus 2000 Excellent though he is very much of the anti-Roman camp

Literary Sources For Roman Britain, Mann J.C. & Penman R.G.

London Association Of Classical Teachers 1978

London City Of The Romans, Merrifield R.

Batsford, 1983 The best book on Roman London but out of date

Roman Britain, Millet, Martin,

English Heritage

Roman London, Milne G

English Heritage, 1995 Excellent archaeology book

Roman London, Perring, D

Batsford, 1991 Excellent but not a joy to read

Viking Age England, Ricards, J.D.

English Heritage 1992

Roman Britain, Scullard H.H

Thames And Hudson 1979

The Agricola & The Germania, Tacitus (trans H. Mattingly)

Penguin Books, 1948 Great book to introduce the Romans

The Annals Of Imperial Rome, Tacitus (Trans Michael Grant).

Penguin Books 1956

The Towns Of Roman Britain, Wacher, John



Arthur's Britain, Alcock, Leslie.

Penguin Books 1973 Still the definitive archaeological work

Saxon And Norman London, Clark J.

Museum Of London, 1989 Museum's guide book

The Age Of Arthur, Morris, John.

Phillimore 1977

The English Settlements, Myers, J.N.L.

Clarendon Press 1986

Archaeology And Language - The Puzzle Of Indo-european Origins, Renfrew, Colin

Penguin 1987

An Age Of Tyrants, Snyder, C.

Sutton Publishing 1998

Exploring The World Of King Arthur, Snyder, Christopher

Thames & Hudson 2000

Anglo-saxon England C500 - 1087' , Stenton, F

Oxford University Press, 1986

Saxon London, Vince, A.

Batsford, 1990. The only book on the subject really

Anglo-saxon England, Welch, Martin

Batsford 1992



The Course Of Honour, Davies, Lindsey

Arrow 1998 Fictional Bio. of Vespasian's mistress, also writes Falco series

I Claudius, Graves, Robert

Penguin Based on Tacitus, good read

London, Rutherford, Edward

Arrow, 1997 Fiction but gives an intro. to history of London

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Sat 2.30 18th Nov 2017 The Archaeology & History of Chelsea  - From King Offa to the Swinging 60s - Sloane Square Tube 

Sat 2.30 2 Dec 2017 Myths, Legends and the Origins of London - Tower Hill Tube

Sat 10.45 16 Dec 2017 Exploring Roman London - a Literary & Archaeology Guide Tower Hill Tube 

Sat 10.45 30 Dec 2017 Medieval & Reformation London  - Smithfield to the Guildhall  - Barbican Underground 

Sat 10.45 13 Jan 2018  Cromwell and More's Tudor London - St Pauls Tube Exit 2 


Sat 2.30 27 Jan 2018 William Shakespeare and Tudor & Stuart London -  Tower Hill Tube  

Sat 2.30 10 Feb 2018 The Archaeology & History of Southwark - From London Bridge to Bermondsey Abbey - London Bridge - Tooley Street exit

Sat 2.30 24 Feb 2018 The Archaeology & History of Rotherhithe - Rotherhithe Tube


Sat 2.30 10 March 2018 Cornhill - City of London Ward Walk -  Bank Tube Station Exit 3


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