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A contextual analysis of the Late Roman Pewsey and Wilcot Vessel Hoards, Wiltshire

Henry, Richard, Roberts, David ORCID:, Grant, Michael J. and Pelling, Ruth 2019. A contextual analysis of the Late Roman Pewsey and Wilcot Vessel Hoards, Wiltshire. Britannia 50 , pp. 149-184. 10.1017/s0068113x19000266

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AbstractIn late summer, sometime between cal a.d. 340–405, a hoard of tightly packed, stacked copper-alloy vessels was deposited in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire. The corrosion of the vessels allowed for the preservation of delicate plant macrofossils and pollen. Analysis of this material has provided insights into the date, season and context of this act of structured deposition. A second hoard of similar vessels was deposited in the fourth or fifth century only a few miles away at Wilcot. The hoards and their deposition relate to Romano-British lifeways, at a time when the region was on the cusp of a dramatic period of change. The distribution of late Roman coins and belt fittings offers further insights into the social and economic character of Wiltshire at their times of deposition.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0068-113X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 18:33

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