Bannaventa: Geophysical survey and the Roman road network

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  • 13th April 2021
    19:30 - 21:00

[this is a virtual event presented via Zoom]

Presented by: Stephen Young, Archaeological Director, CLASP.

Bio: Stephen Young is a retired Senior Lecturer of archaeology from the University of Northampton. He directed the excavations locally for the Whitehall Farm villa research project. He has been active in archaeology since the mid seventies, notably in the early years with the York Archaeological Trust, and in the early eighties with The National Trust. His particular interest is in Roman landscape characterisation.

Summary: The study of road networks is essential in formulating an informed account of Roman roadside settlement and their influence in the surrounding locality. Roads and trackways afford an interesting range of opportunities for evaluating the archaeological data available. Focus upon identification, alignment, methods of construction and place within the wider road framework are fundamentally useful avenues of research but roads can also help to proffer deeper analytical insights into the broader social, economic and political narrative of the actual roadside settlement themselves. The talk will explore the archaeological evidence for the road network at the site of the Roman posting station of Bannaventa (Whilton Lodge, Northants). The settlement lies on Watling Street, the modern A5, as it traverses the watershed of the River Nene in central Northamptonshire.

An apposite example of this can be observed at the site of the Roman posting station of Bannaventa (Whilton Lodge, Northants). The settlement lies on Watling Street, the modern A5, as it traverses the watershed of the River Nene in central Northamptonshire. The site is mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary where it is listed under three different route listings (Iter II, VI and VIII) Roucoux, O (1984, 6).

 


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