In the end I left because all the A-levels and GCSEs changed and by my late 50s I had no interest in bothering to write courses all over again. The Classical Civilisation course had been ruined by the examination board, making it impossibly dreary. How this was allowed to happen I do not know. Back to books Needless to say, teaching had rather ended my writing career – at least for a while. Just before I started down that route, Thames and Hudson had given me the chance to write their new general Roman Britain title.
It was a marvellous privilege because the book was bound to last long as a standard introduction. I was careful not to try and turn it into an artefact of contemporary archaeological methodology – nothing can be better configured to destroy interest in a subject. Roman Britain was a historical era and that is how I treated it
It wasn’t until about 2014 that Yale University Press contacted me. The result was The Real Lives of Roman Britain, which in many ways is the book on Roman Britain I’d always wanted to write. However
What’s the story? Three archaeologists and a presenter trying to come up with something to say about an empty trench on the Wickenby Time Team shoot in 2007.
The Past | April/May 2021