About the Author:
John Pearce’s interest in Roman archaeology developed from participation in archaeological fieldwork in Britain, France, Germany and Italy. Collaborating with the Portable Antiquities Scheme for more than a decade, he has published widely on Roman artefacts, the images they carry and the insights they offer into Roman society. His research also studies Roman cemeteries, the remains of the dead and the rituals by which they were buried. Having worked on the Vindolanda writing tablets project (1999 to 2003), he continues to investigate the inscriptions which reveal the lives of the peoples of the Roman empire.