by David J Breeze
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The demolition of Victorian villas in the 1970s led to the excavation of the Roman fort at Bearsden, near Glasgow, on the Antonine Wall, and the discovery of a Roman bath-house and latrine. The bath-house is the tip of an archaeological iceberg. Over ten seasons a substantial portion of the Roman fort was examined and its history traced. Of particular importance was the discovery of sewage from the latrine which provided intimate details about the life of the soldiers at Bearsden, including their diet and hygiene. Over thirty-five specialists have contributed to this extensive study.
Professor David Breeze is an honorary professor at the universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Newcastle, and was formerly Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland.
Jacqueline Cahill Wilson (The Journal of Irish Archaeology, volume XXV) – :
This is what we should all be aiming for in terms of sheer quality, impact and readability.
Penelope Allison (Antiquity, issue 356) – :
Bearsden is a splendid and comprehensive publication that has greatly benefited from recent developments in analytical techniques, particularly in relation to bioarchaeological remains and artefactual evidence.
Alan Rushworth (Archaeologia Aeliana, volume 45) – :
Overall, the volume is well-organised, copiously illustrated, much in colour, with ample cogent discussion, consistent with the high standard we have come to expect from the Scottish Society of Antiquaries, and forms an important addition to the corpus of published work on the Antonine Wall.
Martin Millett (British Archaeology) – :
David Breeze has now brought this project to completion with aplomb. The result is beautifully produced and thorough – now a rarity in excavation reports.
Pete Wilson (Britannia, volume 49) – :
Breeze and his fellow authors are to be congratulated on a volume that… makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Roman Scotland.
W S Hanson (The Antiquaries Journal, volume 98) – :
A handsome, lavishly illustrated and very reasonably priced volume.
Matthew Symonds (Archaeological Journal) – :
A well-illustrated and modestly priced volume. Anyone interested in Roman forts and military life should digest the findings of this report.