Housesteads Roman Fort - The Grandest Station


    Volumes 1 and 2
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        31 Aug 2009


        Extensive excavations were carried out between 1974 and 1981 by Newcastle University. This book combines these results with those of work done between 1959 and 1961 by Durham University to give a complete plan of the north-east part of the fort.

        Main Summary

          Housesteads is one of the most important forts on Hadrian's Wall.  Extensive excavations were carried out between 1874 and 1981 by Newcastle University.  Combining the results with those of excavations done between 1959 and 1961 by Durham University, we now have a complete plan of the north-east part of the fort.

          These excavations uncovered principally Buildings XIII, XIV and XV, plus stretches of rampartbetween the north and east gates, along with a multitude of features and stratigraphic evidence, revealing not only the sequences but also large finds assemblages.  In addition to shedding much light on the material culture of the fort's occupants and the structural and chronological relationships between various parts of the fort, limited reinvestigation of Building XIV and excavatin of the east end of Building XV enabled significant reinterpretation of the original conclusions reached by the Durham investigators, including some redating of structures.
          These excavations uncover the full 300-year period during which the fort formed an integal part of the Roman military frontier, for much if not all of that time the base of the cohors I Tungrorum milliaria peditat.  This report documents the excavations and gives full finds reports, and the analysis of the evidence has enabled the authors to provide a full history of this part of the fort.

          Volume 1 is entitled Structural Report and Discussion
          Volume 2 is entitled The Material Assemblages

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          Alan Rushworth

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            Preface and dedication





            VOLUME 1

            1. Introduction

            2. Hadrian’s Wall and pre-Roman agricultural activity

            3. The primary fort

            4. Modifications to the primary fort

            Colour plates

            5. The chalet phase

            6. Modifications to the chalet phase

            7. Post-Roman occupation in the north-east quarter

            8. Excavation and survey of the principia and gateways

            9. The development of the defences and rampart areas

            10. Investigations in the environs of Housesteads, 1976-1995

            11. Discussion: aspects of the site’s history

            VOLUME 2

            Introduction to Volume 2

            12. The stonework, brick and tile

            13. The coins

            14. The small finds

            15. The samian ware

            16. The coarseware

            17. The glass vessels

            18. The graffiti

            19. The botanical evidence

            20. The metalworking debris

            21. The worked flint




              'The report provides a vitally important record of one of the most extensively excavated forts on the Wall and the publication has been eagerly awaited'
              This is a major contribution to frontier studies, challenging in some of its conclusions and an appropriate memorial to two of the excavators.'