AHRC funded: Diaspora Communities in Roman Britain
Dr. H. Eckhardt, Reading University
Post graduate based at NIGL: Carolyn Chenery
Britain under Rome was truly multi-cultural, with historical and epigraphic evidence recording the voluntary and forced migration of Gaulish, Germanic, and North African individuals. How did these diaspora communities create identities that were distinct from the host society, and maintain ideological links with their homeland? Can we identify incomers, and do they differ from the host population in their health and diet? Evidence for diaspora communities will be analysed through a combination of material culture, skeletal and isotope research. This project selected three Romano-British cemeteries, focusing on inhumation burials from North Yorkshire and Dorset. Sites were selected from settlements of differing status and function including military, civil, and urbanised. The skeletons selected date from the 2nd - 4th century AD.
S. Leach, M. Lewis, C. Chenery, G. Müldner, H. Eckardt. Migration and diversity in Roman Britain: A multidisciplinary approach to the identification of immigrants in Roman York, England American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 40, 546-561.
Eckardt, H., Chenery, C., Booth, P., Müldner, G., Evans, J.A. & Lamb, A (in press). Oxygen and strontium Isotope Evidence for Mobility in Roman Winchester. Journal of Archaeological Science.
Carolyn Chenery, Gundula Müldner, Jane Evans, Hella Eckardt Stephany Leach, Mary Lewis (in press). Strontium and stable isotope evidence for diet and mobility in Roman Gloucester, UK. Journal of Archaeological Sciences.
Progress: project completed.