The title is rather misleading.
I have never suggested that there was any likelihood of an invasion through
Sussex or Hampshire to fight the Catuvellauni. It is just plain daft when
you can sail over from Boloulogne and cruise into Kent or up the Thames.
The coins are from Roman silver bullion inscribed in the Roman style in the
reign of Tincomarus of the Atrebates within easy sailing distance of the
Roman province of Gaul. It is inconceivable that that the Roman influence
in Sussex from about 20 BC was not merely trading relations. It was more or
less a Roman province? It is the more or the less that is arguable.
Chichester would seem to the best location for a southern port east of the
Isle of Wight.
It is always tricky to work out what land in Roman times was good for
agriculture, because the heavy soils would provide technical drainage and
ploughing problems, whilst the less fertile chalk soils proved easier to