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H 245 x W 174 mm

250 pages

137 figures (colour throughout)

Published Sep 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803272498

Digital: 9781803272504

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Wroxeter; Roman Britain; Art; Poetry; Literature; Cultural History; Social History

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This book reflects on how people over time have viewed the abandoned Roman city of Wroxeter in Shropshire. It responds to three main artistic outputs: poetry, images and texts. It explores what locals and visitors thought of the site over time, and considers how access to the site has altered, impacting on who visits and what is understood.



My Wroxeter ;
Introduction ;
Archaeologists and their stories ;
Poetic visions ;
Wroxeter depicted ;
Writing and visiting Wroxeter ;
Archaeology for all ;
Wroxeter’s people ;
Coda: Wroxeter in the 21st century ;

About the Author

Roger H. White recently retired from the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham after 26 years service there as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer. He first worked at Wroxeter in 1976 as a digger but then progressed to be Project Manager of the post-excavation project and then was a Principal Investigator on the Wroxeter Hinterland Project. His book Britannia Prima. Britain’s last Roman province (2007) was the winner of the Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2008.


'Roger White's love of the Roman town at Wroxeter in Shropshire shines through the pages of this book. He first worked there as a digger in 1976 and has been involved with it in various capacities almost ever since.' – Neil Holbrook (2023): Current Archaeology Issue 396

'Roger White’s wide-ranging review of what this little patch of the English/Welsh borderland has meant to him, to past and present locals, to writers, artists and tourists, as well as to other archaeologists is a thoroughly researched, free-flowing and fascinating read, warmly to be recommended.' – Jenny Britnell (2023): Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 172