In the wake of the Roman legions, ceramic building materials conquered the Roman North. The tradition of producing building elements out of clay and petrifying them by firing was largely unknown to the indigenous communities and was an important innovation.
The adaptation of this technique provided furthermore the necessary means to construct typical Roman buildings and their specific building components (like hypocaust systems) and aided to the ‘(visual) romanization’ of the Roman provinces.
This PhD-research will for the first time systematically address this topic for the northern provinces of the Roman Empire ( Gallia Belgica and Germania Inferior) and will take into account elements linked to introduction, production, distribution and (re)use of this particular category of material culture.
To do so, old evidence (in the form of museum collections and published reports) are supplemented with interdisciplinary study of material collections from recent excavations and finds.
Key aspects of the study will include: