A town of the Iceni: 10 years of research at Venta Icenorum
The Roman town of Venta Icenorum at present day Caistor St Edmund in Norfolk was the regional capital of the territory of the Iceni and is one of only a small number of civitas capitals that lie on “greenfield” sites, unencumbered by later development. Since 2006, the site has been the subject of an extensive programme of research, aimed at investigating the origins and development of the site and the processes that led to its ultimate disappearance. Using multiple survey techniques and targeted excavation, the project has challenged previous views of the site, which saw its foundation as a response to the Boudican rebellion. In addition the research has demonstrated that the site remained a place of occupation and probable political importance until at least the 8th century before it was eventually superseded by Norwich.
Sponsored by the British Academy, and organized by the University of Nottingham and Caistor Roman Project this one-day conference will bring together the archaeologists and materials specialists who have been involved in research at Venta Icenorum since 2006. The conference will present an overview of the site from the early Roman until the late Saxon period and the techniques that have been used to investigate it. Speakers will also use the different types of material recovered in the excavations to comment on the lives of the town’s inhabitants, looking at economy, diet, and material culture.
As well as charting the development and material culture of the region’s only major Roman town, the conference will seek to examine the ways in which the town represents a local response to the Roman Empire and whether in fact it was a town of the Iceni as much as it was a Roman town.
All are welcome. This event is free to members of Caistor Roman Project and the Norfolk Archaeological Trust (although booking is still required) and costs £12 for others (concessions are available). For details of how to join CRP, please visit www.caistorromanproject.org. Please note that bookings must be received by 13th December to provide numbers for catering.