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Title: The Production, Use and Disposal of Romano-British Tin and Tin and Lead Alloy Tableware
Author: Lee, Richard
ISNI:       0000 0001 3607 3322
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2008
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There remains a wide variety of evidence for the production and co~sumption of tin and lead alloy tableware in Roman Britain. In this thesis it is the categorisation of RomanoBritish tin and lead alloy tableware, as well as vessel production moulds, manufacturing debris and compositional data for pewter vessels that forms the study's foundation. Yet it is the main purpose of this thesis to place this data in a wider social, economic' and chronological context. In particular two powerful theoretical perspectives - that social identities could be constructed through the consumption of 'objects', and that such identities can be recorded in an object's depositional context - have informed this research. The main result of this study is that pewter tableware, although a 'Romanized' material, could create and maintain a range of different social identities. Functionally different vessels, for example, can be taken as indicators of different 'lifestyle' choices, the comparative values of which shifted over time. However, these identities could also be renegotiated over time to suit a number of 'atypical' personal choices, such as the reuse of high status vessels in ritual or low status roles. Another key result is that pewter consumption was also constrained by a comparative absence of tin in Britain before the 3'1 century. Limited pre-3rt! century pewter production can be suggested as occurring predominandy where there was easy access to imported tin. However, post 3rt! century production, although most prolific in regions that had direct access to Cornish tin, could also exist in central and eastern England where they were fuelled by recycled tin, the extent of which is starting to be addressed through compositional analysis of Romano-British pewter. These findings, and the data they are built on, should both contribute to research on Romano-British pewter, and more generally provide new approaches to understand Roman material culture in Britain.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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