Maryport: A Roman Fort and Its Community
by David J. Breeze. vi+116 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (63 plates in colour). 402 2018 Archaeopress Roman Sites Series
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The collection of Roman inscribed stones and sculpture, together with other Roman objects found at Maryport in Cumbria, is the oldest archaeological collection in Britain still in private hands. Today, it is housed in the Senhouse Roman Museum on Sea Brows to the north of the modern town of Maryport. Beside the museum the earthworks of the Roman fort may still be seen, and beyond it, though not visible, lies a large civil settlement revealed through geophysical survey and the scene of two recent excavations. Maryport: A Roman Fort and its community places the collection in context and describes the history of research at the site. Maryport, although at the north-western edge of the Roman Empire, provides material of international importance for our understanding of the Roman state.
About the Author
DAVID BREEZE has been a trustee of the Senhouse Museum Trust since its inception in 1985 and chair of the trust since 2013. He has served as President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society and as Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier. He was Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland from 1989 to 2005, and subsequently led the team which successfully nominated the Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site in 2008. David has excavated on both Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall and written several books on these frontiers, on frontiers elsewhere in the Roman Empire and on the Roman army.
‘In this engaging and lavishly illustrated book, David J Breeze reveals what [Maryport’s collection of sculpture and inscribed stones] tell us about Roman garrison life, while also observing that collectively they have a fascinating story of their own... As well as covering [excavations at the fort], Breeze includes local settlements excavated [nearby], providing an invaluable sense of the world these soldiers operated within. The result is an essential account of a key site.’ – Matthew Symonds (2018): Current Archaeology #338
‘…[This] volume is a valuable contribution to Roman frontier studies, and to studies of Roman altars in relation to military life. By drawing together disparate antiquarian studies and more recent archaeological work by a range of groups, David Breeze has provided a useful and accessible narrative of the current state of research at Maryport, and whetted our appetites for future research into this highly significant site.’ – David
Roberts (2018): Archaeological Journal, DOI: 10.1080/00665983.2018.1531594