In this blog post, we delve into the exciting research of Dr. Emily Holt, an environmental archaeologist, whose research uses isotope analysis of animal remains to understand patterns of human and animal mobility, economic structures, and political expansion in ancient Sardinia (c. 1700-1000 BCE).
In this week’s graduate student feature, we highlight the work of Kate Minniti, a PhD Candidate in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, whose research examines the import, use, and meaning of Egyptian and Egyptianizing imports in Archaic Sicily.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Katharine Huemoeller, an Assistant Professor of Roman History at the University of British Columbia.
Listen in, as Dr. Huemoeller takes us through a discussion of the lives of enslaved and freedwomen in ancient Rome and the ways in which status affects a woman’s position and role within the Roman household economy. She also highlights the role that material culture plays in framing our understanding of enslaved and freedwomen in the Roman world.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Elizabeth Murphy, an assistant professor of Roman Archaeology at Florida State University.
Listen in, as Dr. Murphy takes us through her research on pottery workshops with a particular focus on the workshops in Sagalassos, Turkey, and what the excavation of these sites can reveal about methods of production, the people involved in pottery production, raw material acquisition and the changing dining habits of citizens in the Roman Empire.
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Dr. Sabrina C. Higgins, an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University.
Listen in, as Dr. Higgins takes us through the emergence of the cult of the Virgin Mary in the Mediterranean basin with an emphasis on the role of material culture in tracing the diffusion of Marian veneration.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Jared Benton, an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Old Dominion University.
Listen in, as we discuss all aspects of Roman bakeries, including the process of making bread and the people who worked in these environments, as well as the sights and smells you would encounter when visiting a bakery in a Roman city.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Irene Soto Marín, an assistant professor of classical studies at the University of Michigan and the assistant curator of numismatics at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Listen in, as she discusses the role of Quasi-Official Coinage in Roman Egypt, notably coins produced by state agents outside of the official mint in Alexandria in order to respond to local needs.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Britta Ager, an assistant professor of Classics at Arizona State University.
Listen in, as Dr. Ager talks about the various forms of magic that are used in the ancient Roman world, especially spells and curses. She also tells us about the role of scents and smellscapes in the practice of ancient rituals.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Erica Rowan, a lecturer in classical archaeology at Royal Holloway University of London and is the founding editor of the Archaeology of Food and Foodways Journal.
Listen in, as Dr. Rowan tells us about how waste from olive oil processing was used as a sustainable fuel source across the ancient Mediterranean. She also tells us about how this process continues in the modern world.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Hilary Becker, an assistant professor classics at Binghamton University.
Listen in, as Dr. Becker explains the role of pigments in the ancient world, including their use in medication, cosmetics and, of course, painting. We also get to talk about her excavations at Sant’Omobono and the possible discovery of Rome’s only surviving pigment shop.