Britain and The End of the Roman Empire by Ken Dark

Britain and The End of the Roman Empire by Ken Dark lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my History section.

Stroud: Tempus , 2000, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: The end of the Roman period and the early development of Post-Roman Kingdoms are two of the most important and most debated subjects for archaeologists and historians. Questioning many current assumptions, this book presents a radical reinterpretation of Britain in the period 400-600. Drawing attention to far greater similarities between immediately post-Roman Britain and the rest of Europe than previously thought possible, it highlights the importance of fifth- and sixth-century Britain in understanding wider themes regarding the end of the Western Roman Empire as a whole.

A very wide range of archaeological and written evidence from the whole of Britain is discussed, rather than focusing on either Anglo-Saxon or Celtic archaeology alone. Burials, settlements and religious centres are brought into the discussion, alongside new material and more obscure data from scattered sources. The final occupation of Roman towns, forts and villas is examined, and post-Roman hill-forts such as Tintagel, Dinas Powys and Cadbury Congresbury are evaluated. Anglo-Saxon and early Christian cemeteries such as Spong Hill and Cannington are considered, and evidence for the earliest British monasteries explored.

This book not only offers an exciting new interpretation of Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries AD, but is probably the most comprehensive survey of the archaeological and written evidence for the period. It will be essential for professional and amateur archaeologists alike, and very useful for students of British, Roman or Medieval archaeology and history at all levels.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 7″.


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