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Title: The Piercebridge formula in the North-East of England : an assessment and alternative method of supply to the Roman army
Author: Anderson, James Donald
ISNI:       0000 0001 1493 4654
Awarding Body: Newcastle University
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 1991
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This thesis tests a recent theory of Roman military supply in the North-east of England. The Piercebridge formula (Selkirk, 1983) involves a system of Roman forts provisioned by barges along rivers made navigable by a series of dams, locks and canals. The formula is first assessed on a theoretical basis: as a comprehensive road system was built across Britain during the Conquest period, construction of Piercebridge formula components for river-borne fort supply would have been justified only if the Piercebridge formula was significantly more efficient than overland transport. To this end, the efficiency of Piercebridge formula river-borne fort supply vis-a-vis the efficiency of overland fort supply is assessed in a survey area comprising the North-east of England. Evidence for the Iformulal is then assessed at ten sites across the North-east. A second aim of this thesis is to present an alternative to the Piercebridge formula method of supply to forts in the North-east. This alternative method involves sea-borne transport to ports serving the North-eastr overland transport by ox-cart and pack animals along the Roman as well as native road systems, and river transport upon barges and other craft when such rivers were naturally navigable.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne ; Excavation and Fieldwork Committee of the Universities of Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Archaeology