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The Romans: Projects and Publications

The main area of activity has been the research excavations conducted between 1981 and 1995 at the Roman town of Venta Silurum (Caerwent, Monmouthshire), a programme conducted jointly with Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments from 1984. Three sites have been investigated: a large courtyard house in the north-west corner of the town (I.28N); the forum-basilica (VIII) at the very heart of the town; and the adjacent Romano-Celtic temple (IX). The recently completed work is being consolidated and interpreted for long-term public display. Post-excavation work is continuing, and efforts will concentrate in the forum-basilica over the next two years. A popular account and guide has been published by Cadw and was reprinted in 1997 (R J Brewer, Caerwent Roman Town).

A project to complete the publication of the excavations conducted in 1983-84 at Bulmore, Newport Borough is also to commence soon. This civilian settlement was closely associated with the legionary fortress at Caerleon and the 4th century occupation of this latter site is the subject of PhD research.. Work has also just commenced on revising the catalogue of finds from the Vicus excavations conducted by V E Nash-Williams and George Boon to the south-west of the fortress at Caerleon in the 1950s and 1960s.

A volume of essays in honour of the late George Boon, Roman Fortresses and their Legions, is to be published soon by the Society of Antiquaries of London and National Museums & Galleries of Wales. Some of the foremost scholars of Roman Army Studies from Britain and abroad have contributed papers which range across the Roman Empire and cover a wide variety of themes.

The future of Roman Military Archaeology

The Annual Caerleon Lecture series has now been concluded along with the publication series that has stemmed from them.

Colin Wallace, Board of Celtic Studies Research Fellow, has just completed his work on the project 'The Chronology of Roman Wales'. The results are to be published in forthcoming issues of Studia Celtica.

The NMGW Friends Studentship has been awarded for 1998/9 to the School of History & Archaeology, Cardiff University, in partnership with the Department. The project is designed to produce a National Reference Collection of Roman pottery and a handbook to facilitate its use. The successful student will be supervised by the Department's Research Fellow, Peter Webster, Cardiff University.

Richard Brewer, Keeper of Archaeology

For further information, please visit our research project pages: Archaeology & Numismatics Department