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Okay, one more time early colonisation! The Bermuda triangle between archaeological, historical and literary-ideological approaches of the phenomenon

Peter Attema

The paper discusses the substantial body of publications that resulted from the important international congress on early colonisation in the Mediterranean held in Rome in 2012, i.e. Conceptualising early Colonisation (2016), Contexts of early Colonisation (2016), and the internet publication Contextualising early Colonisation (2016) on Forum Romanum Belgicum. In particular, it deals with the problematic nature of the concept of early colonization in the light of the increasing body of archaeological knowledge on trade and interaction along the Mediterranean coasts in the period preceding the historical Greek colonization of the Archaic and Classical periods. The period of early interaction appears to be substantially longer and more variegated than perceived in traditional scholarship and therefore warrants a revision within a longer term perspective that includes Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Mediterranean connectivity.

Empire of doppelgängers? Contextualizing the de-individualization and abstraction in the coin portraits of Diocletian and Constantine

Sven Betjes

The reigns of Diocletian and Constantine are characterized by ruler portraits that to an increasing extent left out individual traits, showing instead a rather abstract image of the emperor that would prove to be of lasting impact. This article provides context to these changes by looking at their impact as well as the way these portraits were anchored in previous practice. It shows that even though these portraits clearly broke with those of previous emperors, the transformations built upon tendencies that had started long before the early fourth century, and were the consequence of an increasing emphasis on the position of the emperor rather than on his individual traits.

Romeinse materiële cultuur als anchor voor vroegchristelijke initiatie

Pim Schievink

One of the reasons why Christianity grew during the fourth century AD was, besides the legalisation, the successful anchoring of Christian rituals in the existing Roman conceptual world. In this introductory article to the possibilities of the application of the framework anchoring innovation, I focus on Roman material anchors for Christian initiation rituals. The clergy chose, from the institutionalisation of Christianity during the fourth century, to appropriate the existing architecture of mausoleums for Christian baptisteries. With a small adaption from round to octagonal, the architecture of the baptistery and Christian symbolism came together and strengthened the ritual of baptism that happened inside.

Hutstructuren in Centraal-Italië. De complexe studie van een ‘simpele’ constructie

Remco Bronkhorst

The term ‘hut’ carries a number of simplistic connotations that have hindered an unbiased study. Huts are generally seen as primitive, isolated and uniform; a highly subjective view largely resulting from our (modern) comparative perception of (elaborate) houses. Archaeologists tend to treat huts as isolated structures as there is often only secondary evidence for spatial relations. The traditional reconstruction of a nuclear family living in a single structure is a textbook example of this. By combining evidence from different settlements in Central Italy and incorporating ethnographic studies, a much more fluid perspective is advocated. Well-excavated huts at Satricum, Fidenae, Ficana and Cures Sabini suggest that facilities were shared and that life was not restricted to a single structure, a view that finds support in ethnographic models.


The Collapse of the Mycenaean Economy.
Imports, Trade, and Institutions. 1300-700 BCE

Corien W. Wiersma

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Chariots in Ancient Egypt. The Tano Chariot, a Case Study

Jorrit Kelder

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The Rise of Rome From the Iron Age to the Punic Wars

Remco Bronkhorst

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The Routledge Handbook of Diet and Nutrition in the Roman World

Merit Hondelink

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Site Sound. Using acoustics to analyse Mount Lykaion’s ancient sanctuary to Zeus

Pamela Jordan

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Grieks muntgeld: een heterogene innovatie

Elon Heymans

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Coining Roman rule? The emergence of coinage as money in the Roman world

Marleen Termeer

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Connecting the Greeks Multi-scalar festival networks in the Greek and Roman world

Onno van Nijf (Principal Investigator); Christina Williamson (Supervisor and Postdoc); Adam Wiznura, Tom Britton, and Robin van Vliet (PhD Candidates)

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Varkens in veranderende tijden. Varkenshouderij in de Late Bronstijd en Vroege IJzertijd in Anatolië en Griekenland

Francesca G. Slim

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TMA62 – funeraire archeologie

Bronze Age tumuli in Greece: The deconstruction of a ‘phenomenon’

Iris Rom

Burial mounds, or tumuli, of the Bronze Age on mainland Greece have received a fair amount of scholarly attention in the past. Unfortunately, interpretations of the monuments are biased both due to the problematic nature of much of the evidence as well as to the profound impact of the different schools of archaeological thought. Archaeologists have generally focused on the visibility of tumulus mounds which unjustly trivializes the variety and complex developments of tumuli in Greece, and, in addition, isolated them in their discussion from other (burial) practices. In this paper, I explore the problems surrounding tumulus research and the focus of research in the past, which have led to continuously recurring lines of enquiry focusing on the rise and spread of the monuments and the meaning of their visibility. I propose to take a new approach that, while not disregarding the research that has been done, also takes into account the wide variety of practices underneath a tumulus and considers these practices within their local context in order to better understand the meaning of these monuments to the people of the Bronze Age.

Whose grave? Discrepancies between image, text, object, space, and human remains in a Palmyrene tomb

Lidewijde de Jong

When different sources stemming from Tomb C in Roman Palmyra are studied together, discrepancies arise about who was buried here. The funerary portraits and epitaphs did not always commemorate the same person, and both diverged from what archaeologists found inside the grave niches. Choices in grave goods and the placement of young children in the tomb highlight different concerns from those suggested by the memorials in text and stone. The in situ discovery of human remains, grave gifts, epitaphs and portraits in Tomb C provides unique insights into the different stages of Palmyrene funerary ritual. Yet, the discrepancies between the different categories also underscore major challenges in studying the remains of burial practices from the Roman Near East. This article illustrates how approaches that fully integrate different sources allow for more nuanced and multivariate reconstructions of burial customs.

Connected in death. A network method for funerary studies of seventh-century Central Italian interconnectivity

Matthijs Catsman

The last two decades have seen a paradigm shift in archaeology towards a strong focus on interconnectivity and intercultural exchanges. Especially in the field of Mediterranean archaeology, this shift is leaving its mark on debates about intercultural interaction and identity formation processes. As a result of this paradigm shift network approaches are increasingly used in archaeology to visualise and analyse different aspects of such intercultural interaction and its effects on Mediterranean communities. Bar a few exceptions, these new network approaches are, however, rarely used to study the seventhcentury Central Italian funerary world. This article presents a network method, based on the work of Lieve Donnellan, to analyse the cultural interconnectivity of seventh-century Central Italian funerary contexts. A set of tombs from the site of Crustumerium, located 15 km northeast of Rome along the river Tiber, figures as a case study.

Space syntax in a Roman tomb. Spatial analysis of the tomb of the Scipios

Alexander Jansen

This article demonstrates and discusses the applicability of space syntax methods in funerary archaeology. Four space syntax methods are used to conduct quantified spatial analyses of the layout of the tomb of the Scipios. The locations of sarcophagi are discussed, with an emphasis on the well-known sarcophagus of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus. Several examples are given of how the data generated with space syntax methods can be used by funerary archaeologists. It is shown that a minimal degree of complexity is required in the spatial organisation of the research area for this approach to be of added value. It is argued that these methods are a good addition to the toolkit of a funerary archaeologist.

Diet and health in pre-Roman and Roman Central Italy

Susanne Manuel

In this article, bioarchaeological data (including dento-alveolar pathologies, stature, and isotope analysis) are used to investigate diet and health in pre-Roman and Roman Central Italy. Both the dental and stature data suggest that the pre-Roman diet was higher in proteins with better nutritional values compared to that of Roman populations. Higher statures found in rural areas might suggest that these societies had access to a larger amount of meat and animal products (and thus proteins). The Imperial period saw a growth in population, an increase in the importance of processed food, mass production of food in production centres all over the Roman Empire, and thus a growing import of products. The quality and diversity of the diet might not have improved, but the possibility of importing food in times of need resulted in lower levels of (nutritional) stress compared to the pre-Roman period.

Blood will tell. Family burials in Roman Sagalassos (first-fifth century AD), Southwest Turkey

Sam Cleymans & Bas Beaujean

Third parties inevitably play an important role in funerary practices. After all, a dead person cannot bury himself, but is interred by his kin, friends, or other members of society. In the Roman world, there is a lot of evidence for family burials, but also of burial by associations – collegia – and professional undertakers – libitinarii. For Roman Sagalassos (Pisidia, Southwest Turkey, first to fifth century AD), there are several indications that the majority of burials were a family affair. This paper will summarize the evidence for these kinship practices and summarily explore their development throughout the Roman Imperial period. Apart from the archaeological context, grave goods, grave architecture and epigraphy, this study will use aDNA-analyses and physical anthropological study of the skeletal material to obtain a better understanding of how the families of Roman Sagalassos buried their dead.


Het visioen van Constantijn. Een gebeurtenis die de wereld veranderde

Laurens E. Tacoma

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Visualizing cityscapes of Classical antiquity: from early modern reconstruction drawings to digital 3D models. With a case study from the ancient town of Koroneia, in Boeotia, Greece

Yannick de Raaff

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Building Mid-Republican Rome. Labor, Architecture, and the Urban Economy

Remco Bronkhorst

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Material Approaches to Roman Magic. Occult Objects and Supernatural Substances

Patricia Kret

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Death as a Process: The Archaeology of the Roman Funeral

Tamara Dijkstra

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The Mycenaean Cemetery at Agios Vasileios, Chalandritsa, in Achaea

Iris Rom

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Farmers and Agriculture in the Roman Economy

Frits Heinrich

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Moulding love: a study of changing perceptions of sexuality and the body in Hellenistic Egypt and the Mediterranean through terracotta figurines of Isis-Aphrodite Anasyromene and Baubo

Anouk Everts

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The ashes in the Acropolis. The Parthenon and its ‘narratives of antagonism’

Janric van Rookhuijzen

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Moving statues. The introduction and impact of Greek original statues in Republican Rome

Suzan van de Velde

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Diet, differentiation and globalization in the Roman province of Macedonia. A bioarchaeological approach

Chryssa Vergidou

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