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Romanizing Production: A study of Castro Ceramics before and after Roman Imperial Expansion in Northwestern Portugal

Author(s): Elizabeth De Marigny

Year: 2016

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The Civitatis of Bagunte is a fortified hilltop settlement inhabited by the Castro Culture people from the late Bronze Age to the Roman period. Ceramic artifacts from the Iron Age and Roman periods have dominated the assemblages found at Bagunte over the last five excavation seasons. My graduate research focuses on a question of broad implications for economic anthropology and social archaeology: How does colonization affect patterns of indigenous production before and after imperial expansion, through the actions and agency of both local producers and colonizers? More specifically, addressing this question will ask how the Roman Empire promoted or hindered local production of ceramics in northwestern Portugal after Roman expansion into Iberia. Utilizing ceramics found in pre-colonized contexts and comparing them to those found in later, post-colonized contexts will identify how Roman expansion affected ceramic production at Castro sites. Specifically, I will focus on comparing indigenous pottery and Roman pottery found at sites throughout northwestern Portugal, most importantly from the Castro Culture site of Bagunte. In doing so, I will utilize macroscopic and microscopic analyses that will answer pertinent questions concerning the economy and the role of ceramic production at the Bagunte site.


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Romanizing Production: A study of Castro Ceramics before and after Roman Imperial Expansion in Northwestern Portugal. Elizabeth De Marigny. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403900)


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Europe


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America