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614 pages

Published Dec 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781803270081

Digital: 9781803270098

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Winchester; Roman Britain; Burial; Graves; Religion; Small finds

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The Roman Cemetery at Lankhills

By Giles Clarke

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This book considers the cemetery uncovered outside the north gate of Venta Belgarum, Roman Winchester, and analyses in detail both the graves and their contents. There are detailed studies and important re-assessments of many categories of object, but it is the information about late Roman burial, religion, and society which is of special interest.



List of plates ;
List of figures ;
List of tables ;
List of abbreviations ;
List of references ;


1. Circumstances of Excavation ;
2. Archaeological Background ;
3. General Character of the Excavation ;
4. The Graves (Table 2) ;
5. Other Features (with contributions by J. L. Macdonald) ;

1. Introduction ;
2. Chronology ;
3. Age and Sex ;
4. Cremations ;
5. Inhumations: The Grave ;
6. Inhumations: The Grave-Furniture ;
7. Cemetery Organisation ;
Appendix. An Outline of the Computer Processing Performed by R. N. Cuff ;

1. Introduction ;
2. Coins by Richard Reece ;
3. Pewter Vessels by David Brown ;
4. Glass Vessels by D. B. Harden ;
5. Pottery Vessels ;
6. Animal Remains ;
7. Equipment ;
8. Cross-Bow Brooches ;
9. Belts and Belt-Fittings ;
10. Beads and Necklaces ;
11. Bracelets ;
12. Other Personal Ornaments ;
13. Hobnails and Footwear ;
14. Miscellaneous Objects ;
15. Textile Remains by Elisabeth Crowfoot ;
16. Coffin-Nails, Coffin-Fittings, And Coffins ;
17. Human Skeletons ;
18. Economic Conclusions ;

1. Late Romano-British Burial Practice ;
2. Foreign Elements ;
3. Religion by J. L. Macdonald ;

CONCORDANCES by David Critchley ;
i. Graves Illustrated ;
ii. Objects Discussed and Illustrated ;




This meticulous and detailed work is of major importance for the study of Roman burial practices and their relevance for our knowledge of Roman religion. No such comprehensive study has appeared elsewhere … a model of what such a work should be.Prof. J.C. Mann, British Book News (1980) ;

The excavation and report on the Lankhills cemetery is something of a landmark. It is a lesson to Roman archaeologists about what they have been missing through neglect of their cemetery sites, and also a lesson to every-one engaged in cemetery site studies, whatever their period, in how to analyse and present their evidence to maximum advantage. This model publication will be an indispensable work of reference for many years to come.Dr Sonia Hawkes, Times Literary Supplement (1980) ;

… auch ein Musterbeispiel für die gesamte spätantike provinzialrömische Archäologie.’ [‘… also a model example for the whole of provincial Roman archaeology in the late Roman period.Prof. Jochen Garbsch, Bayerische Vorgeschichtsblätter (1981)