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A contextual analysis of the late Roman Pewsey and Wilcot Vessel hoards, Wiltshire

A contextual analysis of the late Roman Pewsey and Wilcot Vessel hoards, Wiltshire
A contextual analysis of the late Roman Pewsey and Wilcot Vessel hoards, Wiltshire
In late summer, sometime between cal A.D. 340–405, a hoard of tightly packed, stacked copper alloy vessels was deposited in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire. The corrosion of the vessels allowed for the preservation of delicate plant macrofossils and pollen. Analysis of this material has provided insights into the date, season and context of this act of structured deposition. A second hoard of similar vessels was deposited in the fourth or fifth century only a few miles away at Wilcot. The hoards and their deposition relate to Romano-British lifeways, at a time when the region was on the cusp of a dramatic period of change. The distribution of late Roman coins and belt fittings offers further insights into the social and economic character of Wiltshire at their times of deposition.
archaeobotany, hoards, Irchester bowl, Pewsey, pollen analysis, post-Roman transition, Roman Wiltshire, seasonality, Wilcot
0068-113X
149-184
Henry, Richard
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Roberts, David
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Pelling, Ruth
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Marshall, Peter
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Henry, Richard, Roberts, David, Grant, Michael, Pelling, Ruth and Marshall, Peter (2019) A contextual analysis of the late Roman Pewsey and Wilcot Vessel hoards, Wiltshire. Britannia, 50, 149-184. (doi:10.1017/S0068113X19000266).

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In late summer, sometime between cal A.D. 340–405, a hoard of tightly packed, stacked copper alloy vessels was deposited in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire. The corrosion of the vessels allowed for the preservation of delicate plant macrofossils and pollen. Analysis of this material has provided insights into the date, season and context of this act of structured deposition. A second hoard of similar vessels was deposited in the fourth or fifth century only a few miles away at Wilcot. The hoards and their deposition relate to Romano-British lifeways, at a time when the region was on the cusp of a dramatic period of change. The distribution of late Roman coins and belt fittings offers further insights into the social and economic character of Wiltshire at their times of deposition.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 30 May 2019
Published date: November 2019
Keywords: archaeobotany, hoards, Irchester bowl, Pewsey, pollen analysis, post-Roman transition, Roman Wiltshire, seasonality, Wilcot

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Local EPrints ID: 431505
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431505
ISSN: 0068-113X
PURE UUID: 8c25f707-10a6-4b11-b054-b57fa70b1f0c
ORCID for Michael Grant: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4766-6913

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Date deposited: 06 Jun 2019 16:30
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:36

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Author: Richard Henry
Author: David Roberts
Author: Michael Grant ORCID iD
Author: Ruth Pelling
Author: Peter Marshall

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