The Romano-British Villa At Castle Copse, Great Bedwyn

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This volume presents the results of a systematic study of the ruins of the large Roman courtyard villa at Castle Copse, located near the village of Great Bedwyn, in southwest England. These efforts have shed light not only on the history of the villa itself, but also on the shifting focus of power over the course of a millennium at the sites associated with Castle Copse in the immediate region—the Iron Age hillfort of Chisbury, a post-Roman settlement, and a Saxon village destined to become an urban center.

In addition to a complete survey of the site, its topography, geology, hydrology, and stratigraphy, this book includes studies of the architecture, mosaics, wall painting, and numerous artifacts and animal remains found at the site. There are also overviews of the history and geography of the region around the site, twelve technical appendixes, and hundreds of detailed illustrations.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253328021
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Ch. 1 The Regional Setting: Environmental Geology and Geography 1
Ch. 2 Chisbury Camp and Northeastern Wiltshire in the Iron Age 20
Ch. 3 The Area around Cunetio in the Roman Period
3.1 The Area Around Cunetio 38
3.2 Villa Siting 61
Ch. 4 The Romano-British Villa at Castle Copse, Great Bedwyn
4.1 Siting 69
4.2 Topography, Geology, and Hydrology of the Villa 70
4.3 Stratigraphy 75
4.4 Architecture 126
4.5 Mosaics 169
4.6 Wall Painting 194
4.7 Coins 207
4.8 Objects of Metal 220
4.9 Analysis of the Iron Assemblage 255
4.10 Triangular Impressed Clay Fragment (Lost) 260
4.11 Pottery 267
4.12 Glass Vessels and Objects 298
4.13 Beads 306
4.14 Objects of Stone 309
4.15 Bone and Antler Objects 312
4.16 Animal Remains 322
4.17 Archaeobotanical Evidence 345
4.18 Observations on the Bedwyn Dyke 359
4.19 Summary 370
Ch. 5 The Area around Bedwyn in the Anglo-Saxon Period 378
App. 1 List of Roman Sites and Finds Plotted on Area Maps (figs. 23-24) 398
App. 2 Excavation Recording and Finds Processing 402
App. 3 Phosphate Analysis 403
App. 4 Location of Castle Copse Evaluation Trenches 404
App. 5 Analysis of Iron Assemblage 405
App. 6 Pottery Excluded from Analysis 407
App. 7 Radiocarbon Dates 409
App. 8 Measurements of Mammal Bones 410
App. 9 Measurements of Bird Bones 425
App. 10 Summary Catalogue of Fish Remains 436
App. 11 Environmental Processing and Recording 438
App. 12 Excavation Participants 1983-1986 439
Tables 1-31 440
List of Contexts of Sectors A-C 484
Bibliography 508
Contributors 540
Index 542
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