ROMAN ROAD ABSTRACTS

Version 4.17 - Last Updated November 2009

Edited by Richard Whaley


Contents

Introduction
Ratings
Abstracts

Purchase of Roman Road Abstracts
Appendix - Advice to lone researchers

Introduction

The purpose of Roman Road Abstracts is to update the last comprehensive book on Roman Roads, Margary's Roman Road in Britain which took the position up to 1973. This is being undertaken by starting with the Roman Roads in the South and West of England.

Local Societies have been asked to provide brief abstracts of their post Margary Roman Road findings, together with references to them in their publications, or anticipated references. Archive references might be acceptable, if they are prepared to provide copies to other workers at a reasonable charge.

The abstracts are brief, it is assumed that those interested will obtain the details from the references cited.

It is hoped this project can be repeated for other parts of the country, and provide material for a complete Margary up-date.

Unlike Margary, it is intended to report projects in all states, so workers will have knowledge of all potential routes. To indicate the state a project has reached, a star system is given. This is not intended to rate the quality of the work, but merely the state to which the investigation has achieved.

The compilers have not sought to visit the routes, nor read the references cited in the Abstracts. All readers with knowledge of the findings are invited to advise us of rating changes by mail to Richard Whaley. This publication will be updated on receipt of new information, and will be supplied in the state it is in at the time a request is made.

Ratings

5*

4*

3*

2*

1*

0*

A higher rating will be achieved where the Road has meaningful objectives in the Roman context, e.g. leaving or approaching known Roman sites or other Roads. Finding additional alignments increases the rating of those already known. Remains, however convincing, which come from nowhere and lead nowhere cannot be taken as evidence of a particular route, though will be valuable to other workers who may have evidence to link up with it.

Problems occur with Class 3 routes. In a few places like St Albans workers have reported intense Road networks. These additional Roads may be private Roads linking villas with the official network or local communities with each other. These may be different from the official network constructed and maintained by the army with the characteristic standards and straight alignments. If such alignments are absent then establishment by "accumulative evidence upon an alignment" is not so readily possible. It is likely to mean that to obtain 4* more excavation sites will be necessary. It is not known if these private Roads had the characteristic side ditches - excavations should always be taken out at least to the 62' spacing. It is not however known if all the official network Roads have these side ditches.

The Map shows our assessment of the Roman Roads in the regions covered by these Roman Road Abstracts. The assessments are made from Margary 1973 "Roman Roads in Britain" (Baker, London), and these Abstracts. As discussed in the individual star ratings, there is a wide spectrum of Rating to which the various Roads have been established.

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