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Roman Narratives: The Writing of Archeaological Discourse - A View from Britain?

Laurence, Ray (2001) Roman Narratives: The Writing of Archeaological Discourse - A View from Britain? Archaeological Dialogues, 8 (02). pp. 90-101. ISSN 1380-2038. (doi:10.1017/S1380203800001902) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The narrative structure of Roman archaeology places a particular emphasis on the acculturation of the newly conquered provinces. This ‘process’ known as Romanisation has been found wanting by many commentators on Roman archaeology. Although rejected, it can still reappear and influence the narrative structure of many studies. Reference is deliberately made to the publications of the ‘Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference’ to highlight the revision of the usage of ‘Romanisation’ by British scholars during the 1990s. The paper identifies the cultural assumptions underpinning the revisionist views of Romanisation and the key problem of a narrative based explicitly or otherwise on textual evidence. Here, an attempt is made to account for the uniqueness of Roman archaeology as practiced in Britain – in comparison to that of prehistory or medieval archaeology. The paper suggests that there is a need to move on from Romanisation to alternative narrative forms drawing on recent revisionist agendas within the social sciences.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S1380203800001902
Uncontrolled keywords: Romanisation; narratives; globalisation; Roman archaeology
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 11:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34018 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Laurence, Ray: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8229-1053
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