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94 Imported objects in pre-conquest contexts are relatively rare and, although a coin tradition did develop in this period, the evidence suggests that the tribal aristocracy did not adopt Roman ways of drinking, feasting and dressing. 97 Some possible examples have been suggested (figure 16), at Thetford, Saham Toney,98 Stonea and Chatteris," and Caistor-byNorwich (also called Caistor St Edmund), the latter of which later became the site of the civitas capital of the Iceni. 10° These sites have produced extensive archaeological information and collections of Iron Age coins, although none has yet produced convincing evidence that it was directly comparable to Camulodunon and Verlamion.
22 Although it is impossible to establish a complete political history from the coins, this has long been a popular activity of archaeologists and coin specialists. The information from the coins allows us to produce a speculative map to show the number and extent of Iron Age tribal groups (figure 7), including the Trinovantes and the Iceni, peoples who rebelled in AD 60 to 61 under Boudica. This suggests that over a wide area people felt a common identity at this time and that there was some form of centralised political leadership exercised by the male or female 'kings'.
27 It is not clear how often female warrior leaders featured within Iron Age society in Britain, but they may well have been fairly common and both of the other accounts of Boudica mention comparable factors. The narrative continues: They hunted down the Roman troops in their scattered posts, stormed the forts and assaulted the colony itself, in which they saw their slavery focused; nor did the angry victors deny themselves any form of savage cruelty. In fact, had not Paulinus, on hearing of the revolt, made speed to help, Britain would have been lost.