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Roman Canterbury – a journey into the pastNational Curriculum History

Roman Canterbury,
a journey into the past

Andy Harmsworth and Canterbury Archaeological Trust

ISBN 9781870545013

This resource is the product of a co-operation between the author, Andy Harmsworth (Head of History, Simon Langton Girls School, Canterbury) and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust. It takes us on a journey through time, starting 2000 years ago with Iron Age settlers. We then progress through the development of a prosperous Roman town ending with its eventual decline some 400 years later.

Roman Canterbury is well researched with particular emphasis given to archaeological evidence from local sites and artefacts, represented by a wealth of high quality illustrations, reconstructions and photographs. The accompanying four pages of Teachers Notes give ideas for using the resource in other National Curriculum subjects as well as History.

‘ This book is an essential resource for teaching History in Kent in all Key Stages.’ (Ian Coulson, History Adviser, Kent Advisory Service, Kent County Council Education and Libraries).

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REVIEW: Heritage Learning
the magazine of English Heritage Education Service, October 1995

Roman Canterbury, a journey into the past
Andy Harmsworth, Canterbury Archaeological Trust
ISBN 9781870545013
Price GB £3.95

Why be interested in a book about Roman Canterbury if you live in, say, Newcastle or Torquay? My answer would be that here is a well-written resource for pupils (especially at Key Stage 2) studying the Romans as past of the history curriculum. The book can be used in class as a case study of the Romans, wherever you teach.

You might say that there are lots of books on the Romans. There are – but so many, especially from publishers of school ‘textbooks’, contain glaring errors or are full of tired, out-dated theories. You need not be afraid to give this book to your pupils or use it as a resource to teach from. The author is a head of history and has worked with education staff and archaeologists at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust – the experts responsible for researching, excavating and publishing the evidence for the past in Canterbury. The book is based on real evidence and, on almost every page, the author asks and answers the question ‘How do we know what we know?’

The book is cheerfully designed and profusely illustrated with photographs and clear black and white drawings of objects and artists’ impressions of how parts of Roman Canterbury might have looked. It comes with four pages of very useful teachers’ notes… Buy this book and you will not be afraid to ‘do’ the Romans, wherever you teach!

Mike Corbishley,
Head of Education, English Heritage

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