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H 245 x W 174 mm

270 pages

74 figures, 6 tables

Published Aug 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803275154

Digital: 9781803275161

DOI 10.32028/9781803275154

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Trimontium; Roman Fort; Roman Britain; Roman Military; Scottish Borders; Correspondence; Historiography

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Revealing Trimontium

The Correspondence of James Curle of Melrose, Excavator of Newstead Roman Fort

Edited by Donald Gordon, Fraser Hunter, Phil Freeman

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The Roman fort of Trimontium is renowned internationally thanks to the work of James Curle (1862–1944) who led the excavations of 1905–1910. This volume brings together key sets of his correspondence which cast fresh light on the intellectual networks of the early 20th century, when professional archaeology was still in its infancy.





Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. James Curle and his Letters

Chapter 3. An Introduction to Trimontium

Chapter 4. James Curle and his Archaeological World

Chapter 5. Curle and Haverfield

Chapter 6. James Curle: A Man of Melrose

Chapter 7. Glimpses of the Dramatis Personae

Chapter 8. Letters to Hercules

Chapter 9. From Greece and Rome

Chapter 10. My Dear Haverfield

Chapter 11. From Home and Abroad

Chapter 12. Miscellanea

Appendix. Letters between the British Museum and A.O. Curle



About the Author

Donald Gordon received a degree in Classics from Glasgow University, subsequently moving from teaching into Director of Education for Selkirkshire and then Deputy Director of the Borders Regional Council from 1973–95. He founded the Trimontium Trust in 1988 and served as honorary secretary until 2019, running the museum, coordinating a series of walks, talks and outings, and editing the distinctive annual Trimontium Trumpet. He was awarded an MBE in 2008 ‘for services to the Trimontium Trust and to the community in Melrose, Scottish Borders’.


Fraser Hunter is Principal Curator of Iron Age and Roman collections at National Museums Scotland, where the finds from Trimontium form the backbone of the Roman collection. He co-edited a volume to mark the centenary of Curle’s landmark publication of the site. His research interests include the impact of the Roman frontier on the local populations of Iron Age Scotland, and Iron Age and Roman material culture.


Phil Freeman is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool with strong research interests in Roman military archaeology, Roman Britain, and the history of Romano-British archaeology. He is the author of the standard book on Francis Haverfield.