Yes, it’s true. The blog is back after some pretty pathetic attempts in Year 1 to write anything at all. I think the lack of posts had a lot to doÂ with the fact that it’s not that exciting to read or write about collecting and processing data, making little graphs and searching journals for comparative data and I really didn’t want to be boring! But now that I’ve nearly collated all my data, things should get a little more interesting. And if they don’t I can always tell you about how many Roman bikinis have been found in London, about a Roman bog body up north or the Latin nicknames of the animals portrayed in mosaics at Rudston Roman villa….
It’s taken just over six months, but I have now just about looked at all the Roman coin records on the PAS database. Ive updated a few and added Reece periods to many and parish by parish, county by county begun to build up a picture of what’s happening nationwide (well England-wide to be precise).
Excitingly there are 469 parishes England-wide with more than 20 ‘Reeceable’ coins so I’ve got a lot of data to play with. Next step is to encourage detectorists to bring forward assemblages to their local FLOs, especially in some of the more patchy areas (Kent and County Durham being two) and to look for some good excavation coin assemblages.
Then it’s on to the analysis stage and the possibilities are endless…I’ll be looking to assess site function through coin profile (I’m particularly interested in rural shrines and temples) and to see whether I can make sense of some obvious regional patterning.