The Roman Studies Annual General Meeting will be followed by a talk from David Rudling - Roman period settlement and land use in the Ouse Valley. David is well known to RSG. Until 2004 David worked for the UCL Field Archaeology Unit, being its Director from October 1991 to December 2003. In 2004 David joined the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in Archaeology. He is now the Academic Director for the Sussex School of Archaeology, with main research interests in Romano-British rural settlements and religion, and ancient and medieval numismatics.
David kindly showed a group of RSG members around the 2017 excavation at Plumpton villa, an example of Roman settlement in the Ouse Valley.
David is one of the editors of a 2016 publication Archaeology of the Ouse Valley Sussex to AD 1500.The Ouse valley in East Sussex is described a's a key communication route from the Channel coast, via the Downs (and the historic county town of Lewes), to the wide expanse of the Weald. It traverses and encompasses landscapes and archaeological sites of both regional and national importance - all connected by the river Ouse and its valley'.