8.8 Research recommendations

The research recommendations are as follows:

  1. Development control archaeology is critical in producing the record for study, and should make the case for more work in the environs of forts.
  2. The tightly-dated nature of the occupation horizons in Scotland offer dating horizons of broad international importance.
  3. Linked databases, including public-friendly portals, are key to disseminating information on Roman Scotland.
  4. Compilation of diverse small-scale interventions in specific sites is vital to understanding them.
  5. Backlog publications remain a major drain on intellectual efforts in the area, and require further efforts towards completion.
  6. Full study and publication of finds assemblages is key to understanding their value.


8.7 Public engagement

The great public interest in the Roman period is seen in the many visits to museums and field monuments, attendance at lectures and sales of books. The presence of the Romans on the school curriculum means that it is easy to enthuse children in the topic. There is a need for more and better resources to allow the wider public to engage with the material, and the idea of a "Roman frontier in Scotland" resource would play a key part in this. It is also critical to engage and inform the public about some of the exciting new perspectives mentioned in this topic; this will build enthusiasm and support for the topic.

Community excavations at Cramond fort, image courtesy of AOC Archaeology.