Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
The Millet-Eaters of the Roman Empire
kevin wooldridge Wrote:I am guessing by the title of the Pollard report that the individual in question was buried at Springhead .... this site lies close to the Roman road (latterly Watling Street) and is the site of a number of temple structures as well as a high status villa and possibly an emporium. I think there are a number of factors there which might suggest the burial was of a visitor to these shores. I'd be interested in clarifying how they arrived at the date attributed to this inhumation....

It is from Springhead, and they used C14 dating for the person. (That's what tipped them off to the odd C isotope signature.)
killgrove Wrote:It's not that foreigners in England or in Rome (or anywhere else in the Empire) are a surprise, it's that most people in the Empire acculturated and we have little archaeological evidence of people buried with the trappings of another culture. So isotope analysis is (at least for my work in Rome) the only way to find immigrants who weren't commemorated as such on tombstones. Once we find the bodies of immigrants, we can ask questions like: Were their lives worse than those of the locals? You'd think that they were, since the immigrants were more likely to be slaves, but the data on disease don't support a difference in health or lifestyle at this point. That's why I and others are looking for/at immigrants in the Empire - histories tell us they existed, but we know precious little about their lives.

Hence the interest with my little group (sadly it is quite little, poor bone survival, but there are probably 9 or so with ok teeth), the guys are the crossbow brooch and belt-set crew, who from the Lankhills results have 'foreign' written all over them, but if they are 'foreign' who are the women buried with them, did they bring wives/mothers/daughters with them or did they marry into the 'local' population (for which there's now lots of baseline data for Catterick/Bainesse. There's no confusion here, they collectively form a distinct spatial group (nearest other RB burials are 250m+ away in a seperate 'cemetery') rather than being physically/spatially mixed-in with the 'general' poulation as at Lankhills. Better than average dating too - the 2 purse-hoards and all the pots and stuff help! Sadly there doesn't seem to be any publication of the Norton group that I've been able to find, so uncertain as to their relationship with other burials - apparently the Norton teeth are ok though

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Roman Cremation weights BAJR 11 8,440 17th December 2014, 07:57 PM
Last Post: Dinosaur
  Oriens Roman burial - did she eat mince pies? BAJR 3 3,133 3rd January 2014, 02:33 PM
Last Post: P Prentice
  Empire of Dirt: time to call time on commercial archaeology in Northern Ireland? BAJR 49 28,406 1st March 2013, 12:08 PM
Last Post: Unitof1
  Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference - Bursaries BAJR 1 1,954 11th February 2013, 04:19 PM
Last Post: BAJR
  Call for more time on Flintshire Roman dig BAJR 7 5,298 9th February 2013, 03:47 PM
Last Post: Dinosaur
  Roman Wall painting specialist looking for... Alvaro Cánovas Ubera 19 10,968 2nd January 2013, 11:26 AM
Last Post: Alvaro Cánovas Ubera
  Roman Flagons Sie1973 16 9,633 28th January 2012, 12:54 PM
Last Post: John Fulcher
  Metal detectorist to auction Roman helmet ex-archaeologist 149 70,020 24th January 2012, 02:17 PM
Last Post: Bigpicture
  Roman DNA project gives voice to the silent majority BAJR 1 1,846 18th November 2011, 09:42 AM
Last Post: BAJR
  Housing next to Southwell Roman settlement site rejected BAJR 8 4,669 15th November 2011, 01:13 PM
Last Post: Wax

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)