(Artikelnr: 9780752435916 )
Andrew Pearson 

Paperback. 160p, 51 b/w illus, 25 col pls (Tempus 2006). Publishers price € 24.

Although Iron Age Britain was not unfamiliar with using local stone as a building material, the arrival of the Romans witnessed a dramatic shift in supply and demand. There is no denying that the Romans were skillful and successful builders in stone but whilst Roman architecture has been widely studied, as Pearson argues, the same cannot be said of the quarrying and the stone industry that lay behind it. The Work of Giants seeks to redress this by providing a detailed discussion of the Roman demand for stone for both civilian and military projects. Andrew Pearson examines evidence for stone quarrying and building from the late Iron Age and throughout the Roman period, the types of stone exploited, how the stone was procured and transported, the tools and techniques used, native versus imported stone and how the use of local stone influenced architectural style. Overall the book combines detailed information and data from sites across Britain with more general discussion of changing trends in building and procurement throughout the 400 years of Roman occupation and ends with four case studies looking at the use of Purbeck marble in Britain and the use of stone at Fishbourne Palace, in the construction of the Saxon shore forts and the military site of Caernarfon in Wales.
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