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More than a Roman Monument: A Place-centred Approach to the Long-term History and Archaeology of the Antonine Wall

ROHL, DARRELL,JESSE (2014) More than a Roman Monument: A Place-centred Approach to the Long-term History and Archaeology of the Antonine Wall. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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This thesis offers a critique of currently dominant approaches to the history and archaeology of the Antonine Wall, and develops an expanded place-centred perspective in which this former Roman frontier is reinvested with wider significances that derive from both its Roman past as well as its post-Roman history and archaeology. Part 1 provides a general introduction to the Antonine Wall following the traditional perspective, and draws on interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological developments to outline how this traditional perspective will be challenged through reframing the Wall as a place rather than an artefact or monument. Part 2 offers a critical genealogy of Antonine Wall discourse from the earliest accounts until the present, tracing the development of current reductionist approaches and demonstrating that the Wall has been the focus of wider concerns in the past. Part 3 focuses on particular aspects of the Antonine Wall’s post-Roman archaeology and the Wall’s role in regional myths and legends to explore alternative themes for future research and wider significances that can be integrated into new understandings of the Antonine Wall’s meaning, significance, and value as a place of memory, meaning, and cultural heritage in the present.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Roman frontiers; Frontiers of the Roman Empire; Archaeology of place; Place theory; Archaeology of memory; Antonine Wall; Landscape archaeology; Cultural heritage; Chorography; Grymisdyke; Roman archaeology; Roman Scotland; Medieval Scotland; Industrial Scotland
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Archaeology, Department of
Thesis Date:2014
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:29 Jan 2014 10:46

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