Culture, Society and Praxis

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Main Theme / Tema Central


The Late-Roman/Anglo-Saxon transition has been heavily debated for the last twenty years. A hard and fast line has been drawn between the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods leaving an impression of a cataclysmic end to the Roman occupation and a forceful takeover by Germanic tribes. Lloyd analyzes in this well researched piece prevalent interpretations of the settlement layout and building construction offered for the military settlements of Catterick, York, and Birdoswald in Northern England. The author contends that to understand the transition it is necessary to pay attention to the development of a distinct Romano-British population that emerged during the period of post-Roman rule, ignored and called archaeologically invisible by specialists, precisely because of the lack of traces of its material culture. However, the excavations within the last decade have yielded archaeological evidence that has begun to challenge this perception. This article shows how a distinct Romano-British population was indeed a catalyst in the transition from Roman to Anglo-Saxon society.