News  |  Posted April 3, 2018

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland at the Roman Archaeology Conference/Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference

Will you be attending the Roman Archaeology Conference/Theoretical Archaeology Conference next week (12-14 April)? The Society and ScARF will be attending, so please drop by our table, say hello, browse a selection of our books, and find out about the latest goings-on in Scottish archaeology.  

To celebrate the conference and all things Roman, our Honorary Fellow and member of the Editorial Advisory Board, David Breeze, has put together some key reading from the Society’s publications. 


Recent Roman reports by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

David J Breeze, Hon FSA Scot

The Antonine Wall attained World Heritage Site status in 2008, exactly 10 years ago. The Society has published two monographs on this, the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Lawrence Keppie’s The Antiquarian Rediscovery of the Antonine Wall (2012) embraces the history of research on the frontier up to the start of archaeological excavations at the end of the 19th century. Bearsden: A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall (2016) is the report on ten years’ excavations at the fort, the most extensive examination of a site on the Wall since before 1939.

The study of artefacts has figured largely in the pages of the Proceedings. One theme has been the material from beyond the Roman frontier, particularly important as this aids our understanding of the relationship between the Romans and their northern neighbours. The articles include the regular report on coins found in Scotland. Holmes’ article on two coin hoards goes well beyond the narrow reporting on the new discoveries in considering their wider significance. In particular, he reviewed the evidence for the date of the putative Severan military base at Carpow on the Firth of Tay. Work at its partner fort, Cramond on the Forth, has been the subject of a report in SAIR, following the publication of an earlier account of excavations at the site a decade earlier. A further SAIR report provides useful evidence on the Roman road network in the Edinburgh area, previously only known through the discovery of a milestone and the position of marching camps.

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Rebecca H Jones, Roman Camps in Scotland, Edinburgh, 2011.

Lawrence Keppie, The Antiquarian Rediscovery of the Antonine Wall, Edinburgh, 2012.

Fraser Hunter & Kenneth Painter (eds), Late Roman Silver, Edinburgh, 2013.

David J Breeze, Bearsden: A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall, Edinburgh, 2016.

Roger Mercer, Native and Roman on the Northern Frontier, Edinburgh, 2018.

Bateson, J D & Holmes, N M McQ 2013 ‘Roman and medieval coins found in Scotland, 2006-10’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 143: 227-63.

Janiszewski, R 2012 ‘A late Roman object from Cove, Dumfries and Galloway, rediscovered’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 142: 133-42

Cook, M, Lawson, J A & McLaren, D 2017 ‘Excavations and Interventions in and around Cramond Roman Fort and Annexe, 1976 to 1990’, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 74.

Dunbar, L & Engl, R P 2016 ‘A Roman Road Runs Through It: Excavations at Newbridge, Edinburgh’, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 59.

Masser, P 2006 ‘Cramond Roman Fort. Evidence from excavations at Cramond Kirk Hall in 1998 and 2001’, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 20.


We hope you enjoyed this special Roman collection, and look forward to seeing you at the conference from 12-14 April.

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