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"Farm to emperor's table: Excavations reveal the inner workings of an ancient Roman Imperial estate"

Dr. Tracy Prowse (McMaster University) and Dr. Maureen Carroll (University of Sheffield) direct a multi-disciplinary team investigating the site of Vagnari in southern Italy, featured in the Nov/Dec 2019 edition of Archaeology Magazine. Work on the site is featured in an article by Matt Stirn.

Nov 27, 2019

The site of Vagnari has a long history, beginning as early as the 2nd Century BCE, and consists of a large settlement, industrial areas, and a neighbouring cemetery. Dr. Tracy Prowse, McMaster University bioarchaeologist, and Dr. Maureen Carroll, University of Sheffield archaeologist, are working to uncover the impact of political and economic changes resulting from Roman expansion and control of the region. Prowse and Carroll use a wide range of tools - artifact analysis, archaeobotany; ancient DNA, isotopic and palaeopathological study of human remains – to study the everyday lives of people living in this rural community through periods of dramatic social and political change.

Additional Information about the site can be found on Dr. Prowse's webpage

The Archaeology Magazine article can be found here  (subscription required for full article).