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The temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath and the end of Roman Britain

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The temple and baths dedicated to Sulis Minerva at Aquae Sulis (Bath, Somerset) are usually seen as significant in terms of Britain's ‘Romanization’. However, it is argued here that excavations carried out in the inner precinct of the temple revealed a sequence of great importance in understanding the end of Roman Britain. For the first time the documentary, stratigraphic and artefactual evidence is drawn together alongside a series of new radiocarbon dates which establish the date of the temple's demolition as AD 450–500. This raises interesting questions regarding the process of transformation from Roman to post-Roman in Somerset and beyond.

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Author(s): Gerrard J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Antiquaries Journal

Year: 2007

Volume: 87

Pages: 149-164

ISSN (print): 0003-5815

ISSN (electronic): 1758-5309

Publisher: Society of Antiquaries of London


DOI: 10.1017/S0003581500000871


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