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The Excavation of the Roman Fort at Reculver.

FORMAT: 233 pages. Size 281 x 207 millimetres. 76 figures. 48 colour plates.

Case-bound with gold-blocking on spine. ISBN 0 9 4 7 8 3 1-24-X

PRICE: £28.00 (postage and packing extra).

A NEW PUBLICATION (limited edition) by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit.

This much-awaited publication covers archaeological rescue and research work on this major Roman shore-fort site over several decades. It deals with the fort's defensive walls, external ditches, rampart bank and the two surviving gatehouses. Within the fort it describes the excavation of a dozen buildings, including the principia, bath-house, officers quarters, barracks and also roads. Large new plans and numerous sections reveal two major periods of construction. In addition, the report identifies an area of prehistoric settlement and also the outline of a mid-first century Roman fortlet underlying the stone fort.

About 2,000 objects are described and nearly 500 illustrated, including the famous Reculver inscription found in the rubble-filled strongroom under the sacellum of the principia. Tiles stamped C I B confirm the garrison as the Cohors I Baetasiorum listed in the Notitia Dignitatum.

Finally, there is a seminal 22,000-word discussion on the discoveries and the wider implications for shore-fort studies. Now there is conclusive stratigraphic, artefactual, structural and possible epigraphic evidence that the initial phase of shore-fort defence began at the end of the second century (AD 185-95). The Reculver evidence now takes with it Brancaster, Caister-on-Sea and Carisbrooke (and perhaps other forts lost to the sea) and clearly there was a major threat to the South East coasts some years before AD 200. The initial fort construction programme (Period 1) was left partly unfurnished only to be completed two decades later (Period 2), with the fort largely ungarrisoned after about AD 375. The publication is likely to be a major advance in our knowledge of the later military defences of Roman Britain.

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