Review by Andrew Tibbs.
A nalysis of ‘big data’ (large datasets of information) is a technique used to expose patterns for archaeologists to interpret, and it is utilised effectively in this book to undertake a detailed study of the rural settlements and associated material culture of Wales and the Marches in the late Iron Age and Roman periods. Reynolds divides the study into three main areas: landscape, economy, and personal identities and socio-cultural practices. Within these, she looks at the distribution of the settlements and different types of objects, and what these can tell us about the growth and development of the region. The volume is well written and illustrated, and the methodology and approach are clearly set out, as are the results and conclusions. This study is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of a much-neglected area of Roman Britain, particularly as the main focus is on non-military sites and activity. A recommended read for anyone interested in this period or area.
Roman Rural Settlement in Wales and the Marches: approaches to settlement and material culture through big data
BAR Publishing, £46