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Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain Paperback – 2014
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All this to say that Ms Higgins makes this fascinating history-cum-travelogue relevant to the reader today and she does so in an unstuffy, anecdotal way that is accessible to all.
Here she is talking about the mythical London Stone: "When I visited it, it was surrounded in its niche by cigarette ends* and discarded train tickets, and what seemed to be grains of wheat and a couple of almonds (as if in obscure offering)."
Here, at an imposing Roman ruin in Norfolk: "A large chunk of wall, in all its massy two-metre width, leaned out at a disconcerting angle from the main run, like a slice of cake ready to be levered on to a plate."
And here, talking of eminent archaeologist R. G. Collingwood who believed: "The past never truly went away; it lay `incapsulated' in the present." Which sums up this lovely book perfectly.
* In the book, the author uses a slang English word for 'cigarette' which exemplifies her informal style but the word evidently breaches Amazon review guidelines and the system won't allow me to use it.