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Mobility and migration in Roman Britain: the diaspora project

  • Dr. Hella Eckardt, University of Reading
Tuesday 27 September 2016
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

This paper will discuss whether ‘intrusive’ or unusual objects in the burial record can be taken to stand for the presence of immigrants. Material culture and burial rites have been used to identify incomers, famously at Roman Winchester and York, but recent isotopic and a DNA analysis of individuals from these cemeteries complicates our understanding of how the meaning and value of objects may have changed when they moved between different cultural spheres. Memories have an important role to play in the construction of identities, and it is important to consider factors such as intermarriage and second-generation migrants. The concept of diaspora will be examined and the paper also addresses the challenges archaeologists face when engaging with contemporary debates about migration and identity.

"Mobility and migration in Roman Britain: the diaspora project" is the first guest lecture in the MA-course: Current issues in the archaeology of the frontier regions of the Roman Empire : Production, Distribution and Consumption on the Fringes of a Globalized World.

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