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Carnem et circenses – consumption of animals and their products in Roman urban and military sites in two regions in the northwestern provinces

Groot, Maaike and Deschler-Erb, Sabine. (2017) Carnem et circenses – consumption of animals and their products in Roman urban and military sites in two regions in the northwestern provinces. Environmental Archaeology, 22 (1). pp. 96-112.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the consumption of animals and their products in the northwestern provinces of the Roman Empire. A regional approach was used, comparing two research areas: the northern part of modern Switzerland and the central part of the modern Netherlands. These two regions have different histories, backgrounds and landscapes. Our aim was to find out whether these different histories and backgrounds led to different consumption patterns and to what extent they correspond to Roman-style nutrition. Furthermore, we looked for developments over time in consumption of meat and exploitation of livestock. A data set consisting of over 282,000 fragments of cattle, sheep/goat and pig from 188 samples from military sites, urban centres and vici was collected. Our study identified both differences and similarities in consumption and exploitation patterns. Differences can be explained by the regional character of each research area, while similarities suggest wider economic developments in the Empire and general supply strategies of the Roman army.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Altertumswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Provinzialrömische Archäologie > Vindonissa Professur Provinzialrömische Archäologie (Schwarz)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA) > Archäozoologie (Schibler)
UniBasel Contributors:Deschler-Erb, Sabine
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1461-4103
e-ISSN:1749-6314
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:17 Apr 2018 09:39
Deposited On:27 Oct 2017 12:52

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