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Sahal Abdi

Archaeology, University of Leicester

Thesis title:

Creating Rural Settlements: New Perspectives on Roman Imperialism, Ontogenesis and Processualism in Britain

Roman Britain was a rural provice. That the majority of the citizens lived in rural comunities is undisputed. However, much of what is known of the province during the Roman period is concerned with those aspects that are related to Roman culture in Britain. This changed in the last two decades with extensive excavations being undertaken into the rural landscape of Roman Britain and the subsequent results being published. 

This research is a continuation of this increase in interest in the rural communities of Roman Britain. My thesis will investigate two regions: the South of England and Wales. By investigating these two regions, I will employ a comparative analysis, aiming to draw out similarities and differences. My research aims to understand the makeup of these social communities by understanding how they lived (and died), how their economies were organised and their relationship with the material world around them. I will also investigate the ways in which these communities were impacted by Roman rule by emplying a diachronic analysis of how these different communities emerged and changed over the four centuries of Roman rule. By considering the nature of Roman imperialism, I will aim to show the different experiences and responses that the indigenous communities had towards Roman rule, and how this differed across regions and throughout the four centuries of rule. 

Research Area

  • Archaeology

Other Research Interests

  • Archaeological Theory
  • Post-Roman and Early Anglo-Saxon Britain
  • Late Antiquity
  • Ancient History