The South Wiltshire Temple
Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Fellows and Guests Only)
The South Wiltshire Temple: An Unusual Late Roman Temple and its Landscape Context
Lecture by Dr David Roberts, Richard Henry and Steve Roskams.
The PASt Landscapes project was created to understand the exceptional quantity and quality of later prehistoric and Roman metal-detected finds from south-west Wiltshire since 2010. Supported by the Society and other funders, we have undertaken broad scale landscape analysis alongside survey and excavations at key case study sites in 2014 and 2015. This lecture presents our results from our central case study, an exceptional late Roman temple and its landscape. The temple has produced a very large assemblage of material culture, including nationally unique objects and an unparalleled assemblage of miniature iron objects. In this lecture we will consider the regional context of the site, the sequence and use of the temple, the finds assemblages from the site, and the domestic and industrial landscape within which it is set.