Gold cufflink from a Quaker cemetary, potentially 18th-19th century
PCA Monograph No. 15

Life in the Roman Frontier Zone

A settlement at Faverdale, Darlington

By Jennifer Proctor & Victoria Ridgeway

PCA Monograph No.13It is the early second century AD, close to the northern frontier of Roman Britain. Inside a small stone building within a settlement overlooking the Tees Valley, a local farmer entertains an important visitor. Despite the cold outside, the two are warmed by the hypocaust system which heats the building. It is quite dark inside, the interior illuminated by flickering oil lamps. The walls are decorated with painted frescoes. While the two men bathe in steam generated by ladling water from a bucket onto the hot floor, the host pours a drink from a shining bronze jug imported from Italy into a samian cup made in Central France. As they converse, concluding some matters of trade, they enjoy some oysters imported from the coast.

Following site work a programme of analyis culminated in the publication in April 2012 of a monograph (PCA monograph 15) by Jennifer Proctor. This small booklet was produced and is available to purchase from us or at specialist events for £3.50. Please send requests to if you would your own copy.

Publication Details

Paperback: 16 pages
Publish Date: 2012
Language: English
Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 0.5 cm
Price: £3.50
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