- Sep 2015
It seems to me that Cornwall would have been the most civilised part of Britain in the pre-Roman era driven primarily by the tin mining industry. The elite in the region must have been wealthy and you`d expect there would have been close links with Roman Gaul. But even evidence of a few Roman villas(I`m not sure of the number, maybe it`s significantly more), might only mean that the locals were `keeping up with the Jones`, although you`d expect over time that there must have been some Roman integration due to trade etc.Not too sure about these Barbarian people in Cornwall. Every time a Roman villa is uncovered I sort of feel like the poor Roman family must have been living under siege - which is clearly nonsense. Also the ports of Cornwall were clearly used for import-export from even pre-Roman times.