Diet and Environment in the Roman World
From 11/12/2014 at 15 h 58 to 11/14/2014 at 14 h 54
This conference addresses one of the most important new directions in classical archaeology – an increasing attention to human environments. The evidence of plant, faunal and skeletal data provide the possibility of a fuller understanding of the ancient world – of agricultural techniques, diet, health and disease and environmental change. Through the more intensive collection and analysis of biological data, classical archaeology is transforming from a discipline concerned principally with great monuments to a richer consideration of the relationship between humans and their many environments.
The conference will assemble an international group of specialists – faunal and human skeletal specialists, archaeobotanists, ceramicists and historians. Major excavations from around the Roman world will be presented in the light of new biological data, with teams of specialists from each site asked to present the whole of their collections, highlighting places where different kinds of evidence yield similar – and divergent – histories. Keynote summaries will be offered by archaeologists and historians, reflecting on the significance of individual findings for the field as a whole.
Presentations will be given in Italian, English and French.
- Location of event: Museo Nationale Romano, Terme di Diocleziano - Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79
- The event is sponsored by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, the American Academy in Rome, the École Française de Rome, and the Escuela Española di Historia y Arqueología en Roma.