[Sca-cooks] Pre-Roman Britain
mem at rialto.org
Sat Sep 15 07:29:57 PDT 2012
Your last sentence, Bear seems to be exactly the point of the article.
And sorry, I did mean AFTER the Roman conquest.
On 9/14/2012 5:30 PM, Terry Decker wrote:
> The Cassiterides (Herodotus, 450 BCE) were the northern European
> islands from which tin came. The term probably encompasses the tin
> mines in the British Isles, Brittany and Iberia. Tin mining was known
> in the Isles from about 3,000 BCE, which is the same time as some of
> the first commercial olive cultivation in Crete. Himilco explored the
> area for Carthagian trade around 500 BCE. There was extensive trade
> into Central Europe and the Mediterranean for at least 100 years
> before Caesar came calling. Strabo's Geography, written in Augustus's
> reign well before the invasion of 43 AD, says that the British paid
> more in customs and duties than could have been raised by conquest and
> Such finds wouldn't surprise me if they showed up in a Bronze Age site
> from 1000 BCE. Trade was far more extensive than most people recognize.
>> >Just read an article this morning in Current Archaeology (a British
>> >publication) that discusses finding celery and coriander seeds and
>> olive >pits in a pre-Roman kitchen midden. These were previously
>> only thought >to have been used in Britain before the Roman conquest,
>> and make a >comment on Iron Age trade in foodstuffs.
>>> Mem Elaina
>> I suspect you meant to say "These were previously only thought to
>> have been used in Britain *after* the Roman conquest"
>> Ongoing excavations at Silchester, Hamps., (CA 250) have uncovered
>> the first evidence that Britain's inhabitants were enlivening their
>> meals with Mediterranean flavours before the Roman conquest -
>> including Britain's first Iron Age olive.
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