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Life in Roman Essex

Daily life, at least in the years immediately following the Roman invasion, probably showed little alteration for the majority of the population. Farming was still the mainstay of most people’s existence, with the collection of natural resources, small scale industry and trade all as evident as they were before.

However, over the time of the occupation enormous changes occurred which could not have failed to influence the daily lives of ordinary people. A network of roads was built, and small market towns developed along these roads.

Temples, baths, and all manner of Roman and Mediterranean luxuries were built in the towns. Luxury goods such as wine, olive oil and fish sauce were imported. Ideas were also imported from the Continent, including changes in burial practice from cremation to inhumation and, later in the Roman period, the introduction of Christianity.