Roman Archaeology for Historians provides students of Roman history with a guide to the contribution of archaeology to the study of their subject. It tracks two traditions in the subject over the course of the 20th century: one that grew out of the Grand Tour of the Mediterranean, and the other firmly rooted in the study of the local topography of Britain. The book discusses the issues with the use of material and textual evidence to explain the Roman past, and the importance of viewing this evidence in context. It also surveys the different approaches to the archaeological material of the period and examines key themes that have shaped Roman archaeology. Throughout, the author argues for the need for greater understanding between archaeologists and ancient historians in order to form a full picture of the Roman past. Roman Archaeology for Historians provides an accessible guide to the development of archaeology as a discipline and how the use of archaeological evidence of the Roman world can enrich the study of ancient history, whilst at the same time encouraging the integration of material evidence into the study of the period's history.
This work is a key resource for students of ancient history, and for those studying the archaeology of the Roman Empire.
Ray Laurence is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the University of Kent, UK. He has published extensively on the Roman Empire, with titles that include: The Roads of Roman Italy: Mobility and Cultural Change (1999), Roman Pompeii: Space and Society (2007), and The City in the Roman West c. 250 BC - c. AD 250 (2011).