8.8 Research recommendations

The research recommendations are as follows:

  1. Development control archaeology is critical in producing the record for study, and should make the case for more work in the environs of forts.
  2. The tightly-dated nature of the occupation horizons in Scotland offer dating horizons of broad international importance.
  3. Linked databases, including public-friendly portals, are key to disseminating information on Roman Scotland.
  4. Compilation of diverse small-scale interventions in specific sites is vital to understanding them.
  5. Backlog publications remain a major drain on intellectual efforts in the area, and require further efforts towards completion.
  6. Full study and publication of finds assemblages is key to understanding their value.

7.2 Research recommendations

  1. The evidence outlined elsewhere in this document should demonstrate that Roman Scotland is well-placed to take part in the current debates, for example, on ethnicity and identity. It also has considerable evidence to bring into play in discussion on the purpose and function of frontiers. There is therefore a proven need for researchers involved in the study of Roman Scotland to keep engaged in wider debates and networks.