The early end of Roman Britain?

Suggested period: ROMAN

It has been noticed by several studies recently that, in some areas, later Roman coins are rare or even absent. This has led to suggestions that the intensity of Roman rural settlement might decline in some areas well before the end of the Roman period. The phenomenon has been noticed by Phil Harding in Leicestershire, Jude Plouviez in coastal Suffolk, and by the Roman Rural Settlement project. Philippa Walton has suggested that it is a widespread rural phenomenon, representing a contraction of coin use to urban centres. These hypotheses all need testing. What do the changes in coin use mean for our ideas of how Roman Britain became Anglo-Saxon England?

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Created by: Helen Geake
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