Friday, December 28, 2018

New Publication: The Long Sunset: R.C. Sherriff and the Excavation of Angmering Roman Villa

In the 1930s, R.C. Sherriff made a small fortune as a successful playwright (Journey's End), novelist (The Fortnight in September), and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter (Goodbye, Mr. Chips). In 1937, he had enough money to fulfill his childhood dream of excavating the ruins of a Roman settlement. He spent three summers participating in the excavation of Angmering Roman villa in coastal Sussex, under the supervision of archaeologist Leslie Scott. This essay, in Arion, tells the interwoven stories of Sherriff, Scott, and the Roman villa they brought to light in the years before the start of World War II. 

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