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date: 29 February 2020

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The nature of sacred space and forms of ritual expression varied tremendously across Roman Britain, and our understanding of some aspects has increased significantly in recent years, both because there have been a number of new excavations and/or publications and also because a more contextual view has been taken of the evidence. This chapter provides an overview of the practice of Romano-British ritual deposition, both within and outside of explicitly religious contexts. In particular, the chapter examines ‘special deposits’ within settlement contexts, exploring the detailed contextual analysis of object and place in order to understand the motivations behind such acts.

Keywords: Romano-British, shrine, temple, ritual, deposition, religion, votive, belief

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