Umberto Albarella and I are preparing a proposal for a new ICAZ Working Group focusing on the Roman Period. We would like the group to be as inclusive as possible and would thus be grateful for expressions of interests.
The idea is to create a network of researchers to facilitate the exchanges of ideas between different parts of the Roman Empire and neighbouring areas.
Please, have a look at the proposal that we have written for the ICAZ International Committee (below) and let us know if you would like to participate in this Working Group.
We plan to send a proposal with a preliminary list of potential participants to the current ICAZ secretary. Researchers who have already expressed an interest include:
José Antonio Riquelme
The creation of the group is dependent on the approval of the ICAZ International Committee.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Silvia Valenzuela and Umberto Albarella
Proposal for an ICAZ working group on the ZOOARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ROMAN PERIOD (RPWG)
The onset of Roman civilization and the subsequent creation and expansion of the Roman Empire represent major events in the history of the Old World. They signified the introduction of new economic and social systems that rapidly spread – in a diversified way – to a vast area, encompassing most of Europe and large parts of western Asia and North Africa. Zooarchaeology can contribute to many historical questions associated with our understanding of this remarkable phenomenon. How were different local cultures affected by the conquest? How were the economic and social changes reflected on husbandry strategies and food consumption practices? Can we find any common elements that affected the Roman period as a whole, or were the geographic and cultural diversifications so great that each region tells its own independent story?
We believe that there is a thriving community of zooarchaeologists working on these issues, which would benefit from tighter collaborative links, which could be provided by an ICAZ Working Group on the zooarchaeology of the Roman period. The aim of the group is to represent a network of exchange and collaboration across borders, to help the understanding of the interconnections existing between research questions associated with this important historical period. The group will also encourage participation of researchers investigating geographic areas that were outside the Roman Empire but adjacent and contemporary to it. Zooarchaeologists involved in investigations of the late Iron Age and the early medieval period that are relevant to the understanding of the Roman period are also encouraged to join.