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“Rome If You Want To”: How Skeletons Reveal Immigrants in the Empire
October 27, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Kristina Killgrove, Department of Anthropology University of West Florida
Throughout the duration of the Empire, millions of people left their homes and came to Rome. Some voluntarily sought out new experiences, but many were brought by force. The historical and epigraphical records tend to be biased towards the wealthy, literate elite, so the novel experiences of the vast majority of immigrants in the capital are basically unknown. Bioarchaeology provides a much-needed link between the mortal remains of ancient inhabitants of Rome and the archaeological record, giving us new insight into the lives of both locals and non-locals at the Imperial capital. This talk details how we are using stable isotope and ancient DNA analyses of human skeletons from three cemeteries in Imperial Rome to identify immigrants. These new biochemical data are further integrated with osteological, archaeological, and historical information to draw a fuller picture of the lives of slaves, foreigners, and native-born Romans.
The talk will be held on Thursday, October 27 6:30 pm in S105 South Kedzie Hall