April 15th, 2011

upside down


 I have been reading around about Roman Britain recently, and I have just come across this from  Guy de la Bédoyère, the historian who pops up from time to time on Time Team  as a specialist on Roman Britain.  

It made me laugh immoderately.   It's an article about whether the term 'Romanization' is obsolete - a term which has apparently recently been the subject of one of those games of academic chicken where everyone rushes to be more avante garde than everyone else, then they all look down their noses at the Victorians.  

It starts out quite moderately, but as you go on it turns into a brilliant rant, and ends up with a paragraph that starts "I'm afraid Roman Britain isn't an intellectual growth industry, and neither is quite a lot of modern archaeology."