1st Edition

Rivers and Waterways in the Roman World Empire of Water

Edited By Andrew Tibbs, Peter B. Campbell Copyright 2024
    274 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Taking a broad geographical, temporal, and cross-disciplinary approach, this volume explores new and innovative research which focuses on rivers and waterways from across the Roman world.

    Rivers and Waterways in the Roman World brings together cross-disciplinary chapters focussing on theoretical approaches, new digital and scientific methods and analytical techniques, and related surveying and excavation case studies to examine the Romans' extensive use of rivers and inland waterways around the Empire. Roman seafaring is well studied, but this book expands our knowledge of Roman transport, communication, and trade networks inland. The book highlights the challenges of archaeological work in the dynamic environments of rivers and waterways and showcases the use of new methodologies, including the increasing availability and accessibility of digital technologies that have led to a growth in the development and application of new archaeological and analytical techniques, as well as the discovery of new archaeological sites, many of which were previously inaccessible.

    This book is for archaeologists, historians, classicists, and geographers with an interest in the history and archaeology of the Roman Empire.

    Chapter 15 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Chapter 4 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution(CC-BY) 4.0 license.

    Part One: General 

    1.  The Archaeology of Rivers: Processes and Patterns 

    Peter B. Campbell

    2. New Approaches to Roman River Finds 

    Hella Eckardt & Philippa Walton

    3. Geoarchaeology and Archaeology of Navigable Canals in River Deltas During the Roman Period: Technical, Methodological and Conceptual Approaches 

    Ferréol Salomon & Corinne Rousse

    Part Two: Mediterranean Region

    4. One City, Two Tibers? Reintegrating the Supply Networks of Imperial Rome 

    Maria Del Carmen Moreno Escobar & Robert Witcher

    5. Understanding the Cultural Landscape of the Stella River Through Underwater Archaeology 

    Massimo Capulli

    6. ‘Carrying Up It All The Products Of The Seas’: The Po-Veneto Water Network and Trade in the Roman Period 

    James Page 

    7.  The River Ljubljanica: Evidence for the Change in Celtic Cult Practices Between the Late Iron Age and the Early Roman Period

    Andrej Gaspari

    8. The Nile: A Maritime Pacemaker in Roman Egypt 

    Emad Khalil 

    Part Three: Northern Europe and Britain 

    9. River Finds from the Netherlands: An Overview 

    Stefanie Hoss

    10. Nodes and Networks: Military and Civilian Trade and Transport in the Roman Dutch Southwest Delta

    Dianne van de Zande

    11. Roman Waters? Military Usage of Waterways in 1st-Century Scotland 

    Andrew Tibbs

    12. Waterways and Community Identities in Early Roman Sussex: A Multiscalar and Multivariate Approach 

    Scott Chaussee

    13. Back and Forth: Roman River Crossings at Stirling, Scotland and Their Impact on Native Settlement 

    Murray Cook 

    14. Do Rivers Make Good Frontiers? Environmental Change and Military Policy Along the Roman Rhine 

    Tyler Franconi

    15. Rivers and Walls: The Materiality of Roman Frontier Waterscapes on Hadrian’s Wall and the Lower Danube 

    Brian Buchanan & Emily Hanscam


    Andrew Tibbs is an Honorary Research Fellow within archaeology at Durham University who focuses on analysis of the coast and waterways in 1st-century Roman Scotland.

    Peter B. Campbell is a lecturer in archaeology at Cranfield University. His maritime archaeological research focuses on navigation with an emphasis on rivers.