Of the set: The heart of this work is the Gazetteer in which nearly 3,000 Roman sites are plotted on the 8 sheets of the 1:250,000 survey of Portugal and briefly described with their bibliography. This is the first time that such a comprehensive survey has been attempted for the country that was the heart of ancient Lusitania and included parts of Callaecia. Much new and unpublished information has come to light in the course of the detailed research of this survey which has enabled Professor Alarcao to write a new Introduction to Roman Portugal. For the first time scholars and tourists alike will have a comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate account of this country in the English language. It is hoped that this will help kindle interest in an area with many parallels with Roman Britain which has hitherto been neglected through lack of accessible published information.
Professor Jorge de Alarcao is one of Portugal's most distinguished archaeologists. Professor of archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology of Coimbra University, closely associated with the excavation of Portugal's most spectacular site of Conimbriga, he has excavated widely and was engaged in the excavation of the great villa of S. Cucufate in the Alentejo.