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IPCAA FAST Lecture: Cultural Choices and Exchange Networks: Cereals in Iron Age and Archaic Italy

Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:00 AM
Kelsey Museum Lecture Hall

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Reception 5:30 pm, Lecture 6:00 pm
Kelsey Museum Lecture Hall

Staple foods offer an ideal opportunity to investigate cultural identity and socio-economic interactions. In Iron Age and Archaic Central Italy, several kinds of cereal staples were grown, consumed and possibly exchanged.  Different patterns shown by recent archaeobotanical research suggest interesting implications for the understanding of the cultural and political landscape of Central Italy in a period of rapid transformations. A new method has been developed to detect directly the movement of cereal staples across the region and the very first preliminary results of Sr isotopic analysis on charred seeds from Gabii will be presented.

FAST lectures are free and open to the public
sponsored by the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Larua Motta, Museum of Athropological Archaeology