The natural resources of Purbeck, the
south-eastern portion of Dorset in England, have been exploited at
least since the Bronze Age, and while the quarrying of Purbeck
limestone and the production of ornaments and furniture from the
Kimmeridge shale were important industries in the Roman period, we are
still sadly ill-informed about their importance in the economy of Roman
The purpose of these pages is to display the state of my research on the subject, in the hope that other students will comment, criticise and guide me, and maybe develop their own work as a result of reading my small contribution.
The following material is at present on the Web:
I intend to develop these documents (1) by improving the crossreferencing to help myself and others to appreciate the interrelationships of the information presented, and (2) by collecting more data to help build a clearer impression of the extent and importance of the Purbeck limestone industry in Roman times and its significance in the economy of Roman Britain and adjacent provinces of the Roman empire.
See also my recent papers in Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
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