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H 245 x W 175 mm

124 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (63 plates in colour)

Published Mar 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784918019

Digital: 9781784918026

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Archaeology; Roman Britain; Fort; Maryport; Cumbria; Northern England; Roman Army; Roman Military

Archaeopress Roman Sites Series

Maryport: A Roman Fort and Its Community

By David J. Breeze

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The collection of Roman inscribed stones and sculpture, together with other Roman objects found at Maryport in Cumbria, is the oldest archaeological collection in Britain still in private hands. David Breeze places the collection in context and describes the history of research at the site.



Preface; Ancient and Modern; The Roman army at Maryport; The extra-mural community; Religion at Maryport; Maryport in its setting; Life on the edge of empire; Final thoughts; Acknowledgements; Further Reading; What to see and where; Index

About the Author

David J. Breeze has been a trustee of the Senhouse Museum Trust since its inception in 1985 and chair of the trust since 2013. He has served as President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society and as Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier. He was Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland from 1989 to 2005, and subsequently led the team which successfully nominated the Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site in 2008. David has excavated on both Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall and written several books on these frontiers, on frontiers elsewhere in the Roman Empire and on the Roman army.


In this engaging and lavishly illustrated book, David J Breeze reveals what [Maryport’s collection of sculpture and inscribed stones] tell us about Roman garrison life, while also observing that collectively they have a fascinating story of their own... As well as covering [excavations at the fort], Breeze includes local settlements excavated [nearby], providing an invaluable sense of the world these soldiers operated within. The result is an essential account of a key site.
…[This] volume is a valuable contribution to Roman frontier studies, and to studies of Roman altars in relation to military life. By drawing together disparate antiquarian studies and more recent archaeological work by a range of groups, David Breeze has provided a useful and accessible narrative of the current state of research at Maryport, and whetted our appetites for future research into this highly significant site.