Monday 17 November 2014

Conference: Diet and environment in the Roman world

There are a bunch of Pompeii-related papers at this conference, and the new Superintendent will be there too. The whole thing looks fascinating.

Diet and Environment in the Roman World

Sponsored by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, the American Academy in Rome, l’École française de Rome, the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma 12-14 November, 2014 Museo delle Terme di Diocleziano Rome

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 assembles an international group of specialists – faunal and human skeletal specialists, archaeobotanists 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. Each team will be further asked to situate their findings in historical context – both of their site and more broadly. Keynote summaries will be offered by archaeologists and historians, reflecting on the significance of individual findings for the field as a whole.


Wednesday Nov. 12: AM (9:30-11:30)
9:00 Arrival and Coffee
9:30-12: Welcome State of the Field Summaries
9:30-10:00 Marijke Van der Veen, “Plants as Archives of Human Behaviour”
10:15-10:45 Luca Bondioli, “Cosa narrano le ossa ed i denti”
11-11:30 Michael MacKinnon, “Zooarchaeology and Roman Archaeology: Trekking a Course Forward”
11:45-12:15: Coffee Break
12:15-12:45pm Response, William Harris
1pm: Break
PM (2:30-5:30pm): Team Site Presentations
2:30: Emanuele Papi, “Il caso di Thamusida (Marocco)”
3:30: John Marston, “Archaeological perspectives on desert adaptation in the Roman Fayum, Egypt”
4:30 Dominique Castex, “Cimitero di Ss. Pietro e Marcellino, Roma”
6:00 pm Reception

Thursday Nov. 13: AM (10-12): Team Site Presentations
9:00 Cofee 9:30 Pompeii: Temple of Fortuna Augusta: Véronique Zech-Matterne, (CNRS/MNHN, UMR 7209 AASPE), “Le temple de Fortune Auguste et ses annexes (Pompéi, Campanie): étude des restes végétaux associés aux niveaux de fondation et de fonctionnement d’un lieu de culte,” Tarek Oueslati (HALMA UMR 8164 CNRS-Université de Lille) “Faunal remains from the Annex of the Fortuna Augusta Temple, Pompeii.”
10:30: Pompeii: Porta Stabia: Mark Robinson (University of Oxford) and Michael MacKinnon (University of Winnipeg), “Complexity and context in the Diet and Environment of a Pompeian neighborhood,”
11:30: Erica Rowan and Mark Robinson, “Evidence for Diet at Herculaneum”
12:30 pm: Break
PM (2:30-4:30): Team Site Presentations (45 minutes each + 15 minutes discussion)
2:30 Portus: Tamsin O’Connell and Simon Keay
3:30: Almudena Orejas, Paloma García Díaz, Carmen Fernández Ochoa Gijón, “The Fábrica de Tabacos in Gijón (Asturias. Spain): the geoarchaeological and archaeobiological record”
4:30-5pm: Coffee Break 5pm: Key Note Lecture: Peter Garnsey: “Climate, Crops and the Costs of Urbanization in the Roman World”
8:00 Dinner at Palazzo Farnese for Participants

Friday, Nov. 14:
9:30: Coffee
10: 00-12 Environmental Archaeology in Rome: A Round Table Discussion: Moderator: Massimo Ossana Francesco di Gennaro, Maria Rosaria Barbera: (sul ruolo delle bioarcheologia nell’ambito della Archeologia a Roma: stato delle ricerche, problematiche e risultati) Tina Panella (su suoi scavi nel centro storico: approcci multidisciplinari) Jacopo De Grossi Mazzorin & Claudia Minniti (su archeozoologia nell’area di Roma: stato delle ricerche, problematiche e risultati) Paola Catalano (su antropologia nell’area di Roma: stato delle ricerche, problematiche e risultati) Carlo Rosa, Renato Matteucci e Renato Sebastiani (su geoarcheologia nell’area di Roma: stato delle ricerche, problematiche e risultati) Laura Sadori e Alessandra Celant (su archeobotanica nell’area di Roma: stato delle ricerche, problematiche e risultati)

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