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Roman Buckles and Military Fittings by Andrew Appels and Stuart Laycock, free price guide, review and book profile. This illustrated book looks at many of the artefacts and fragments from the Roman occupation of Britain and is an invaluable resource for metal detectorists, historians, period re-enactors, museum staff, enthusiasts, students, scholars, archaeologists and collectors with an interest in the Roman occupation of Great Britain.
Roman Buckles and Military Fittings

About the Book: Roman Buckles and Military Fittings by Andrew Appels and Stuart Laycock

Great Britain was largely under the control of the Roman Empire for almost four hundred years from AD43 to AD410. It is a period of our history which we are still learning about to this day, and a time when the Romans dominated Europe. One of the most important sources of historical detail from this period comes in the form of the artefacts which are uncovered by archaeologists and metal detectorists every day.

Roman Buckles and Military Fittings by Andrew Appels and Stuart Laycock is a book which concerns itself specifically with the multitude of Roman military buckles and other fittings which help us to understand this part of our history. It is divided into two sections: The first covering the period from one century BC to the start of the fourth century AD; while the second covers a narrower period to the start of the fifth century.

This is a detailed book, well written by the joint authors who are both experts in their field. Annotated photographic illustrations, in colour, appear on every page with greater detail in the text. Illustrations include complete artefacts and fragments - not just from Roman soldiers, but from their horses too. These include fittings from armour, helmets, belts and harnesses and are clearly a valuable knowledge base for historians who might often only have a small piece of an artefact: An apparently nondescript rusty lump of metal.

Published by Greenlight Publishing, a company well known by metal detectorists as a niche publisher, Roman Buckles and Military Fittings actually has a much wider appeal. As well as detectorists, British historians, Roman historians, period re-enactors, museum staff and enthusiasts, students, archaeologists and collectors will all find the information between its covers to be invaluable.

Contents: Roman Buckles and Military Fittings

  • Section 1: 1st Century BC to 4th Century AD
    • Introduction
    • Roman Britain AD 300
    • The Roman Soldier to AD 300
    • Roman Military Equipment to AD 300
    • Helmet Fittings
    • Sword and Dagger Fittings
    • Armour Fittings
    • Shield Fittings
    • Belt Plates and Mounts
    • Phalerae
    • Belt Studs
    • Strap Ends
    • Belt Buckles
    • Apron Fittings
    • Horse Harness Fittings
    • Other Military Kit
    • Glossary
  • Section 2: 4th Century to 5th Century AD
    • Introduction
    • The Roman Empire from AD 300 Onwards
    • Roman Britain Post AD 300
    • Manufacture and Production
    • Dolphin Buckles and Plates
    • Head Buckles
    • Dot Style Buckles and Plates
    • Protrusion Style Buckles and Plates
    • Horse Head Buckles and Plates
    • Lion Head Buckles and Plates
    • Plain Loop Buckles and Plates
    • Dragon Buckles and Plates
    • Crescent-Shaped Buckles
    • Strap Ends
    • Belt Stiffeners
    • Suspension Loops and Belt Loops
    • Associated Military Kit
    • Bibliography

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About the Publisher: Greenlight Publishing

Greenlight Publishing is based in Essex, England. The company is best known for Treasure Hunting, a monthly periodical which has been in publication since 1977. This is a valuable resource for metal detectorists which has stood the test of time during a difficult period for the print media. Every issue has detailed articles, many written by experts in the field, and is well illustrated with photographs including finds by detectorists of artefacts from the Bronze age to the present day. The magazine also includes hints and tips about this fascinating hobby as well as product reviews and suggestions for places to search.

Greenlight Publishing has also published over fifty books since 1992, mainly aimed at detectorists, but which are equally invaluable resources for specific periods of British history.

Publisher’s Select Bibliography: Greenlight Publishing

  • 1992 Detector Finds 1 by Gordon Bailey
  • 1993 Detector Finds 2 by Gordon Bailey
  • 1995 Roman Artefacts Found in Britain by Nigel Mills
  • 1996 Buckles, 1250-1800 by Ross Whitehead
  • 1999 Medieval Artefacts by Nigel Mills
  • 1997 Detector Finds 3 by Gordon Bailey
  • 2000 Benet's Artefacts of England and the United Kingdom by Paul G. Murawski
  • 2000 Celtic and Roman Artefacts by Nigel Mills and Greg Payne
  • 2000 Medieval English Groats by Ivan Buck and Greg Payne
  • 2000 Detector Finds 4 by Gordon Bailey
  • 2001 Saxon & Viking Artifacts by Nigel Mills and edited by Greg Payne
  • 2001 British Buttons, Civilian Uniform Buttons 19th -29th Century by Dennis G. Blair
  • 2001 Roman Coins Found in Britain by Adrian Marsden and Greg Payne
  • 2002 Reading Tidal Rivers: Guide to Identifying Productive Search Areas by Edward Fletcher
  • 2002 Detector Finds 5: Guide to Dating and Identifying Artefacts by Gordon Bailey
  • 2002 Stanhopes: A Closer View: A History and Handbook for Collectors of Microphotographic Novelties by Jean Scott
  • 2003 Exploring Prehistoric and Roman England: A Guide to Sites, Monuments, Artefacts and Museums by Barry M. Marsden
  • 2003 Reading Land: Guide to Identifying Productive Search Areas by Edward Fletcher
  • 2003 Tokens and Tallies Through the Ages by Edward Fletcher and Greg Payne
  • 2003 Reading Beaches: Guide to Identifying Productive Search Areas by Ted Fletcher
  • 2003 Benet's Artefacts of England and the UK (2nd edition) by Paul G. Murawski
  • 2003 Pottery In Britain 4000BC to AD1900 by Lloyd Laing, Jennifer Laing, and others
  • 2004 Tokens and Tallies 1850-1950 by Edward Fletcher
  • 2004 A Basic Guide to Archaeology by Jennifer Laing
  • 2004 Beginner's Guide to Metal Detecting by J. Evan-Hart and D. Stuckey
  • 2004 Buttons and Fasteners 500BC - AD1840 by Gordon Bailey
  • 2005 Leaden Tokens and Tallies: Roman to Victorian by Edward Fletcher
  • 2005 The Tribes and Coins of Celtic Britain by Rainer Pudill
  • 2005 Advanced Detecting: How to Improve Your Technique and Finds Rates by John Lynn
  • 2006 Site Research for Detectorists, Fieldwalkers and Archaeologists by David Villanueva
  • 2007 Successful Detecting Sites: Locate 1000's of Superb Sites and Make More Finds by David Villanueva
  • 2007 Celtic & Roman Artefacts edited by George Payne
  • 2007 Roman Buckles and Military Fittings by Andrew Appels and Stuart Laycock
  • 2008 Detector Finds 6 by Gordon Bailey
  • 2008 Cleaning Coins and Artefacts: Conservation, Restoration, Presentation by David Villanueva
  • 2009 British Artefacts: Volume 1: Early Anglo Saxon by Brett Hammond
  • 2010 British Artefacts Volume 2: Middle Saxon and Viking by Brett Hammond and Greg Payne
  • 2011 Detector Finds 7 by Gordon Bailey
  • 2012 Metal Detecting: All You Need to Know to Get Started by Dave Crisp
  • 2012 The Three Tiles: A Remarkable Account of What Was, What is and What Could Have Been a novel by Julian Evan-Hart
  • 2013 British Artefacts: Volume 3: Late Saxon, Late Viking & Norman by Brett Hammond
  • 2013 A History of Roman Coinage in Britain: Illustrated by finds recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme by Sam Moorhead and Greg Payne
  • 2013 Cleaning Coins and Artefacts by David Villanueva
  • 2014 Benet's Artefacts of England & the United Kingdom 3rd edition by Paul G. Murawski and Brett Hammond
  • 2014 Saints and Their Badges: Saints' Lives and Medieval Pilgrim Badges by Michael Lewis and Greg Payne
  • 2015 Benet's Medieval Artefacts by Brett Hammond
  • 2015 A History of Medieval Coinage: 1066-1485 by Richard Kelleher
  • 2016 An A-Z of 1001 Field Names and Their Interpretation: Etymologically Referenced by Peter Spackman
  • 2016 Identifying Metal Artefacts: No 1 by Brian Read
  • 2016 Benet's Roman Artefacts of England & the United Kingdom, by Brett Hammond
  • 2017 How to Find Britain's Buried Treasure Hoards by David Villanueva
  • 2018 Finds Identified: Portable Antiquities Scheme by Kevin Leahy & Michael Lewis
  • 2020 Finds Identified 2: Dress Fittings and Ornaments, by Kevin Leahy & Michael Lewis

Roman Buckles and Military Fittings includes many specialist sections

About the Authors: Andrew Appels and Stuart Laycock

Andrew Appels grew up close to the historic northern English towns of Lincoln and York, each of which has a fascinating history and is symbolic of the period when the Roman Empire controlled England. In such surroundings, Andrew became interested in history as a youngster. This interest evolved after his school days when he became a keen collector of antiques, with a special interest in artefacts of the Roman military.

Roman Buckles and Military Fittings is the only book I have found accredited to Andrew Appels.

This book is also accredited to Stuart Laycock who is a well known British writer and historian who studied the classics at Cambridge University. He has a particular interest in the militaria of the later Roman Empire period and Roman Buckles and Military Fittings was the first of a number of important historical contributions from him:

  • His best known literary contribution is All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To, which was ostensibly a history of the British Empire.
  • Another important contribution was a book of poetry, Zone: Poems from the Bosnian War. Stuart had been an aid worker in Bosnia and this book of poems reflected his experiences during this horrific conflict.
  • Stuart has written numerous other books and articles on similar historical subjects.

Author’s Select Bibliography: Stuart Laycock

  • 2007 Roman Buckles and Military Fittings, written in collaboration with Andrew Appels, first published in the UK by Greenlight Publishing
  • 2008 Britannia: The Failed State: Tribal Conflict and the End of Roman Britain, first published in the UK by The History Press
  • 2009 Warlords: The Struggle for Power in Post-Roman Britain, first published in the UK by The History Press
  • 2010 UnRoman Britain: Exposing the Great Myth of Britannia, written in collaboration with Miles Russell, first published in the UK by The History Press
  • 2012 All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To, first published in the UK by The History Press
  • 2014 Unexpected Britain : A Journey Through Our Hidden History, written in collaboration with Philip Laycock, first published in the UK by Amberley Publishing
  • 2014 America Invades: How We've Invaded or Been Militarily Involved with Almost Every Country on Earth, written in collaboration with Christopher Kelly, first edition published in the USA by Book Publishers Network
  • 2015 All the Countries the Americans Have Ever Invaded: Making Friends and Influencing People? written in collaboration with Christopher Kelly, first published in the UK by Amberley Publishing
  • 2015 Italy Invades, written in collaboraion with Christopher Kelly, first edition published in the USA by Book Publishers Network
  • 2015 Zone: Poems of the Bosnian War, first published in the UK by Mica Press
  • 2017 Lost Countries: Exotic Tales from an Old Stamp Album, written in collaboration with Chris West, first published in the UK by The History Press
  • 2017 America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil, written in collaboration with Christopher Kelly, first published in the USA by History Invasions Press
  • 2019 The Roman Empire in 100 Haikus, first published in the UK by Amberley Publishing

Roman Buckles and Military Fittings has colour illustrations on every page

Physical Outline: Roman Buckles and Military Fittings by Andrew Appels and Stuart Laycock

  • Title: Roman Buckles and Military Fittings
  • ISBN: 978 1 897738290
  • Authors: Andrew Appels and Stuart Laycock
  • Editor: Greg Payne
  • Published by Greenlight Publishing, 1st edition, 2007
  • Format: A softcover book
  • Pages: 286, detailed descriptive text, colour photos 
  • Size Approx: 190x250mm
  • Approx weight: 839g

Estimated Book Value: Roman Buckles and Military Fittings

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Roman Buckles and Military Fittings by Andrew Appels and Stuart Laycock, estimated value of the pictured copy, a paperback first edition, which is in fine condition, £20

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Estimated value of the same book in good condition, £10

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Roman Empire

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The National Council for Metal Detecting

Treasure Hunting magazine

Roman Coins

British Tokens

Bosnian War

Cambridge University

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