Economy

Overview

–  Several Roman roads are known, but none suggests a centre of communication or travel, and the Danum fort is best seen as the major station between the two cities of York and Lincoln

Fig.2 (Northamptonshire, Fig.8)

–  Ermine Street/the Roman Ridge Road was the main route north, and Fig.1 and Fig.2 demonstrate the Romans’ ignorance of pre-existing settlements, with similar examples found across South Yorkshire

–  Many graves and settlements can be found alongside ancient roads

–  Highly significant quantities of Roman Pottery kilns are known in Cantley, Aukley and Rossington, representing one of the largest concentrations in Roman Britain

–  Examples of pottery produced in South Yorkshire have been found as far north as the Antonine wall, and a large number of finds are the products of the potter Sarrius, the most prolific of the South Yorkshire potters

–  Prior to the Roman invasion, pottery of comparable quality or quantity is rare

Fig.3

–  Evidence of the Iron Age ‘brickwork’ field systems can be found well into the second and third centuries, with good examples visible in Fig.3

–  Examples of interesting sites are at Thurnscoe (as a relatively late establishment) and Topham Farm (as an example which thrives throughout the Roman occupation from the Iron Age)

–  Evidence of quern stone production is visible at Wharncliffe which dates from the Iron Age

–  Holme Hall Quarry is an example of South Yorkshire’s mixed economy

–  Balby Carr provides evidence of connections between industrial and agricultural economic activities

Q. INTRODUCTION

Q. DISCUSSION

Q. CONCLUSION