8.1 Introduction

The volume of work that has been undertaken in Roman Scotland since the late 19th century has built up a substantial corpus of information about individual sites and artefacts. Antiquarians have been intrigued by the Romans for centuries, whether recording sites in the field or collecting artefacts for their collections (see 2.2 and 2.3 above). The Roman period is data-rich compared to many other periods; the increasing availability of such data means that it has the potential to offer exciting and challenging future research opportunities, but poses practical issues which are discussed below.