2017 MANCENT conference: Rivers, Harbours and the Roman Army

The warehouses at the Roman harbour of London. Museum of London. (photo: B.Hoffmann)
Rivers, Harbours and the Roman Army

How was the Roman army using rivers for their own needs?  Especially, what do harbours look like in the vicinity of Roman forts.

  • How common are permanent harbour installations such as stone or wooden quays or breakwaters?
  • What is the evidence for ship sheds or shipyards close to Roman sites?
  • How do you recognise a chandler’s shop in the archaeological material?
  • Should we be looking for nothing more sophisticated than a sandy bend in the river that might allow small river boats to be run ashore at night?
  • How common are riverside warehouses?  How do you differentiate between civilian and military use in harbour facilities?

Preliminary Programme:

10.30 Arrival and Registration (please note, the doors will open at 10.30, please don’t try to get in earlier, as we will be setting up the room).

10.50 – 11.15 Introduction: Harbours and Warfare

11.15-11.45 B. Hoffmann, The Legions and their harbours. A look at the Rhine and beyond

11.45-12.30  Kaia Stemberger, Harbours and the Army on the Danube and Northern Italy.

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15-13.45 Edith Evans, ‘Water transport in Wales and the Roman army’

13.45-14.30 Birgitta Hoffmann, The Saxon Shore – protecting the land or protecting the supply lines?

14.30- 15.00  Coffee

15.00-16.30 D.Woolliscroft, New evidence from the Roman Gask Frontier (harbours will appear). 

16.30-17.00 Conclusions and Farewell

Date: Saturday, 23rd September 2017               Time: 10.30-17.00

Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1NL

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£40 16 30

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to

Birgitta Hoffmann, 55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: latinteacher@btinternet.com phone: 07747 533 070