Salford’s Early Past Pt 5: Roman Rural Settlement

  The Roman period ditch at Great Woolden Farm, Salford, during excavation in 1988. The heavily urbanised landscape that is Greater Manchester is not an obvious place to look for or expect Romano-British landscapes to survive. A brief look at the distribution maps for Roman rural settlement in southern Britain would seem to support this, with…

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Valuing Historic Landscapes

How do we value historic landscapes? This thought struck me on a recent Spring break in Sussex, standing shivering on the downlands above the Roman villa at Bignor, the mist creeping over the top of the escarpment and the air cold enough to turn each sigh into dragon’s breadth. There are of course many formal…