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Geography of Roman and Medieval Britain

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wombat1

Here is a quick question--I know that the coastline of Britain has changed significantly from ancient or medieval times to the present day, with some parts rising and some parts sinking.  But, most maps are overlaid on top of the modern coastline.

Can any one point me to either a map or a book that diagrams the changes preferably with a useable map?

 

Many thanks!

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wombat1

Perfect!  Many thanks.

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The_Tatterdemalion_King

I'm currently running a game on the Isle of Lewis in the 10th century, so it's something that I've had in mind as well. My overall impression of the situation is that the coastline everywhere has changed, but not necessarily at the scale at which large sections of the map would appear different unless you zoomed in close, with the major exception being East Anglia. If the game ever gets as far afield as Denmark, the Netherlands or other squishier areas I might revisit the topic...

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GBSteve

There are some good maps of roads here: http://keithbriggs.info/Roman_road_maps.html

 

Whilst the above maps show the land which has now been reclaimed, it doesn't show much of what is missing. For example Dunwich has almost completely disappeared (http://www.dunwich.org.uk/reconstruction/) as have many Yorkshire towns  (http://www.risknat.org/projets/riskydrogeo/docs/guide_pratique/Acivite1_Ateliers/Presentations%20Atelier1/A1P13-Coastal%20changes/programs/scientific.html).

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HJ

Something else to consider in the changing face of Britain, apart from coastline movements is the actual height of the ground level.

 

There's a ten foot (or so) pole somewhere in the Fens, the top of which marks ground level before they started draining.

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JerryBoucher

There are also various minor Roman roads scattered around Britain, often in somewhat short stretches. I'm not sure if there's ever been a definitive guide. I do recall seeing a survey of abandonned village sites many moons ago, but can't remember who published it.

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Helen

The definitive book for Roman roads is this one: Margary, I. D. (1967) Roman Roads in Britain London: John Baker

 

Sadly out of print but it describes the routes of the roads by region. We use it at work a fair bit.

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JerryBoucher

Haven't there been any catalogues of that type since '67...?

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Paddurz

If it was worth doing, it was worth doing well - apparently!

 

I've been interested in a book on this subject, so many thanks to Helen for the book tip. Just managed to snag one over at AbeBooks.com

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wombat1

Agreed, many thanks for the tip.  I had meant to snag my university library's copy when I was out on errands earlier today but got side tracked.  J. Boucher: There appears to be a second edition in 1973, but as Paddurz says.... 

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Helen

I'm not aware of anything newer but it's so complete there's not been loads to add.

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JerryBoucher

I would've thought that they may have found more roads, or the remains of them, since '73... ;)

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Jonathan Wilson

Roman Roads in Britian and Their Impact on Millitary History by Bishop is a book that is scheduled to come out in June/July.  I have liked all the Roman history books I have gotten from that publisher.  

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The-Stranger

I normally use the Pendragon pull out map from the older version with the colour poster map in the box, it has come i handy many times.

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Paddurz

Got my Roman Roads book yesterday. Amazed by the amount of roads it covers. Very pleased with it so thanks to Helen for the tip.

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