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Western Britain in late antiquity

Dark, K. (2014) Western Britain in late antiquity. In: Haarer, F.K., Collins, R., Fitzpatrick-Matthews, K., Moorhead, S., Petts, D. and Walton, P. (eds.) AD 410:The History and Archaeology of Late and Post-Roman Britain. Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, London, pp. 23-35. ISBN 9780907764403

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Abstract/Summary

The relevance of the concept of ‘Late Antiquity’ to fifth- and sixth-century Western Britain is demonstrated with reference to the archaeology of the British kingdom of Dumnonia, and then used to reinterpret portable material culture. Themes discussed include the dating of Palestinian amphorae in Britain, the extent of the settlement at Tintagel, tin as a motivation for Byzantine trade, the re-use of Roman-period artefacts, and ‘Anglo-Saxon’ artefacts on Western British sites. The central paradoxes of Late Antiquity: simultaneous conservatism and fluidity, continuity and innovation, are seen to illuminate ‘Dark Age’ Britain and offer new avenues for future research.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
ID Code:38512
Publisher:Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

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