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Bill Putnam and the Romans in Montgomeryshire

Penycrogbren Roman fortlet (centre) and later mining remains (foreground) at Dylife, Powys; photo 85-C-0114 © CPAT Nearly forty members of the Newtown Civic Society gathered at the United Reformed Church Schoolroom on 9 April to hear Bob Silvester of CPAT talk about ‘Bill Putnam and the Romans in Montgomeryshire’. Bill, who died at the end of 2008, taught classics at Newtown High School from the late 1950s until 1968 when he left to take up an archaeological post in Dorset. Some of those who he taught were in the audience. During the 1960s Bill made a significant contribution to the study of Roman military activity in central Wales, excavating at Caersws in conjunction with the late Barri Jones, and investigating a series of small fortlets of likely Roman date at Llanfair Caereinion, Dylife and elsewhere. He also identified the courses of several Roman roads in the county, providing an important framework for studies that continue today. The talk then moved on to developments in Roman studies since the 1970s showing how both fieldwork, excavation and aerial photography is amplifying the picture of what happened in Montgomeryshire over the four hundred years of Roman rule, and emphasising just how much there is still to learn.

Bob Silvester, April 2009

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