The Roman Roads Research Association is proud to host two conferences to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Ivan D. Margary, whose name, through his work “Roman Roads in Britain”, has become synonymous with the study of Roman roads. Perhaps his best known legacy is the numbering system he devised for Roman roads which is still in general use today. In all, his contribution to British archaeology has been profound, and, we feel, not given the national recognition which it deserves. As far as we are aware, these conferences, in Portsmouth and in York, are the first ever conferences in Britain devoted to Roman roads, and the first to be dedicated to Margary’s memory.
We attach a flyer and information sheet with outline programme for the first of these events being held at the University of Portsmouth on 3rd & 4th September. The conference has a number of nationally recognized expert and entertaining speakers contributing to a day and a half of lectures and discussion groups. This will be followed by an optional guided visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace, the survival of which was due to Margary taking up the news of the discovery and enabling excavation and subsequent preservation of the site, where we have also arranged a finds handling session run by museum staff.