Ana Maspoli is a postdoc guest researcher in the department of World Archaeology.
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My current research is linked to the site of Vindonissa in the Roman province of Germania Superior, where a 40-year-old woman named Maxsimila Cassia was buried in the 1st century AD. In preparation for her burial and then especially at her final resting place, a complex sequence of actions and rituals was performed.
My project investigates which selection of objects were placed in Maxsimila's grave and which actions were carried out in preparation for and in the process of her burial. I will compare the object selection with a number of other burials in Vindonissa and graves in other Roman provinces by means of a comparative, (supra)regional analysis to seize objectscapes. I am planning to develop this approach and also apply it to the selection of practices and rituals to grasp (interdisciplinary) funerary practicescapes.
Ana Maspoli holds a PhD and MA in Archaeology of the Roman Provinces at the University of Vienna. She taught (and will teach again) courses within the Archaeology of the Roman Provinces at the University of Basel. Her postdoc-project at the University of Basel deals with burial practices and rituals at Vindonissa (CH). Within her time as a guest researcher at Leiden, Ana focuses on the concept of objectscapes and globalisation processes.
Her research interests are: Roman burial practices and rituals, ancient biographies, military equipment and material culture of the Roman provinces in general, mobility, migration, globalization and handicrafts.