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Title: The production and distribution of brick and tile in Roman Britain
Author: McWhirr, Alan David
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 1984
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Production and distribution are the two main themes of this thesis, itis not a detailed study of the uses of brick and tile. It begins byreviewing the development of brick and tiles studies in Britain anddraws attention to the lack of research in this field. The epigraphicand literary evidence for brick-making is briefly examined includingsome examples from outside Britain. The introduction of brick-makinginto Britain is discussed along with the use of unfired clay brickswhich are being found on an increasing number of sites. There thenfollows a detailed survey of civilian brick-making in Britain in whichseveral different modes of production are suggested and parallels drawnwith what is known from recent brickyards.Many of the ideas put forward in this study are based on a detailedexamination of stamped tiles found in the Cotswolds. In addition all knowncivilian tile-stamps have been listed and discussed. The distributionof the Cotswolds tile-stamps has, along wit1h the identification ofclay sources, allowed certain ideas of organisation of tile productionto be put forward. A major part of the thesis list and reviews all the sites where -tileand brick production took place and there is a plan of every known,tile-kiln in Britain., including military examples. There is also agazetteer of sites where tile production is suspected. The possibilityof clamps being used to fire tile and brick is reviewed.Finally there is a section dealing with military organisation, stampingand firing.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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