The data used in this study and presented here can be used to further knowledge on many points of interest concerning the Roman military. In the
book (using the composite fort) patterns in artefact frequencies, artefact spread, across the composite fort were examined. Patterns within the functional
groups, of the sub-groups, were examined as well, and were able to give more detail on the types of activities possibly taking place in different areas
of the composite fort. The data was further used in several other ways; the spread and amounts of samian versus coarse wares were examined, possible
items used by woman and children were also examined.
A few years after the publication of the book, Bearsden fort was added to the database. The fort added to the corpus of sites used to make the
composite fort, but upon the urging of Dr. Breeze the results from Bearsden were examined differently. Bearsden was an unusual fort, in some ways,
and comparing it to the 'average' composite fort showed just how unusual it was. This method could, and should, be used to examine different Roman
military sites across northern Britain to see what is unique or unusual about them
The Composite Fort is presented, and its functional group percentage means are given in table and diagram form, on the composite fort pages. When looking
at this tables and diagrams it is apparent that there are variations in assemblage functional groups across the composite fort. For example, the Kitchen/Food
group is always the largest percentage mean of the functional groups overall. This is relatively unsurprising as most of this group is made up of
fairly durable ceramics.
Next Site Enhancements
The next addition to this site will be focusing on the functional groups and their sub-groups. Also coming soon will be a system to map the
results of the percentage and percentage means calculations onto a diagram of a fort. And we will be working upon a system to present
the 'raw' finds by functional group and sector, and by find-type including artefact type (such as samian types, etc).
Current and Future Work On The Study
Putting older excavation reports into electronic form, especially one which includes a database of finds, is time consuming and difficult. That
being said, the hope is to add more forts, and other sites such as fortlets, fortresses, and perhaps even non-military entities (villas?) over
time. The author, Rikke D. Giles, welcomes help with this, and hopes others are interested. That being said, she continues to add sites to the
database as time allows.
Currently, some newer excavation reports are being added to the database. These include those on Segedunum (Wallsend), Housesteads, Elginhaugh...
The process, as mentioned above, is very time consuming. It would be easier to enter excavations in which the finds have
already been digitally recorded, perhaps. However, that doesn't help with the goal of making older excavations' finds available electronically.
Adding reports from other areas of the Roman empire is also a goal for the future of this study.
Can do all kinds of things because we have the type,
form, fabric, and all sorts of things. So can fairly easily work with that, IF I know what people want so I can work the code up.
Can use this method for other kinds of sites, villas, villages, temple complexes, etc.
Studies about behaviour of archaeologists: Like, how the ceramic numbers tend to match, good to good, strat to strat, all to all, across sites.
And so on.