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Roman and Anglo-Saxon Canterbury Reconstructed

Teacher’s Resource Pack
Downloadable here.  No longer available in hard copy.

A versatile teaching resource

The quality of information and illustrations makes this a resource which can support a wide range of teaching programmes: The National Curriculum in Primary and Secondary Schools, GCSE and A Level in both History and Archaeology and, beyond formal education, courses in Lifelong Learning.

A source of specialist knowledge

The pack draws on a wealth of primary evidence. Develop your personal knowledge with confidence, learning from the archaeologists who have analysed and interpreted evidence from numerous excavations. A bibliography is included for all references used in writing the pack.

Materials included

Two quality coloured reconstruction prints of the centre of Canterbury in Roman and Anglo-Saxon times for work with individuals, groups or classes (1 of each period, A4, laminated). These form the focus for the pack and the Notes. Click on these images for enlarged pictures.

Roman Canterbury
Roman Canterbury c AD 300: a reconstruction based on archaeological evidence. Drawn by John Atherton Bowen © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.
Anglo-Saxon Canterbury
Anglo-Saxon Canterbury c AD 600: a reconstruction based on archaeological evidence. Drawn by John Atherton Bowen © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Background Notes which set the scene in pre-Roman times, trace the growth of the Roman town to its eventual decline, portray the dramatic contrasts of an Anglo-Saxon settlement of the 6th and 7th centuries and finish with a summary of developments up to the Norman Conquest.

Ideas for ways to use the Reconstructions in a teaching environment and in tandem with other resources. Stimulating images for Literacy Hour!

A set of 15 black and white figures which supplement the reconstruction drawings and illustrate further aspects of Roman and Anglo-Saxon societies.

English Heritage review of the pack

This resource has been supported by Kent Archaeological Society, Kent County Council Education and Libraries, Roman Research Trust and Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust Each chapter is now available in portable document format (PDF)
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Roman and Anglo-Saxon Canterbury Reconstructed ROMAN AND ANGLO-SAXON CANTERBURY RECONSTRUCTED
How can this pack help you? (PDF)
Ways to use the reconstruction images (PDF)
How do we find out about the past? The role of Archaeology (PDF)
The Reconstruction Images (PDF)
Roman Canterbury coloured image (PDF)
Anglo-Saxon Canterbury coloured image (PDF)
How we have gathered the evidence
The Centre of Roman Canterbury (PDF)
Setting the scene
Main features of the Roman town: Public buildings
Other features: Houses, streets, walls, gates and cemeteries
Transition from Roman Town to Anglo-Saxon Settlement (PDF)
The end of Roman Britain
What happened at Canterbury?
Canterbury in the 5th and 6th centuries
Change and New Growth in Anglo-Saxon Canterbury (PDF)
Sources of evidence for the Anglo-Saxons
Augustine and the revival of Christianity
Origins of St Martin’s Church: Different types of evidence
Expansion of the Church: A building programme begins
Everyday Life in Anglo-Saxon Canterbury (PDF)
Re-settlement in the old Roman town
Anglo-Saxon homes and workshops
Anglo-Saxon crafts and technology
Fortunes and Misfortunes up to the Norman Conquest (PDF)
Bibliography (PDF)
Supplementary black and white figures (PDF)
Sample worksheets to help pupils focus:
Worksheet 1 (PDF) | Worksheet 2 (PDF)

REVIEW: Heritage Learning, the magazine of English Heritage Education Service, Summer 1999.

Roman and Anglo-Saxon Canterbury Reconstructed – A Teaching Resource Pack by Marion Green, £5.00 + £1.00 p&p, Canterbury Archaeological Trust, 1998.

This pack contains two A4 laminated artist’s impressions of the centre of Canterbury in Roman and Anglo-Saxon times, and a varied selection of black and white images. Thee are accompanied by background notes, to set the artist’s impressions into context, and suggestions for how to use the pictures with your class. Although at first glance it appears that the resource pack would only be useful to those teachers within striking distance of Canterbury, it in fact has a much broader application. The materials are useful for schools which are based in an area without a well-documented Roman history, where teachers wish to teach Roman Britain through a detailed case study. The pack is also unusual in that it does not treat Roman Britain in isolation, but looks further into the Anglo-Saxon period, providing evidence for continuity in history as well as for opportunities for comparison. Teachers will also pick up a great deal of accessible information about the way archaeologists work, including how various interpretations of the evidence are developed and refined, often over a long period of time. A useful and interesting resource. Jennie Fordham Education Officer English Heritage, London and South East Regions


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