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Title: New Plant Foods in Roman Britain — Dispersal and Social Access
Authors: Van der Veen, Marijke
Livarda, Alexandra
Hill, Alistair
First Published: Apr-2008
Publisher: Maney Publishing on behalf of Association for Environmental Archaeology
Citation: Environmental Archaeology, 2008, 13 (1), pp. 11-36.
Abstract: This paper presents the first detailed review of all archaeobotanical records from Roman Britain. It reveals that some 50 new plants food (mostly fruits, herbs and vegetables) were introduced into this country during the Roman period. These introductions represent a major diversification of the plant component of the British diet at this time, adding important nutrients, variety of flavours, ways of expressing cultural identity, as well as social status. The geographical, chronological and social dispersal of these foods is analysed and three dispersal patterns and at least four consumer groups are identified. Methodological issues are discussed and gaps in the data highlighted. The role of these foods in expressions of cultural identity is briefly discussed, as is the impact of their introduction on the productive capacity of the agricultural economy.
DOI Link: 10.1179/174963108X279193
ISSN: 1461-4103
Type: Article
Rights: © 2008 Association for Environmental Archaeology.
Description: This paper was published as Environmental Archaeology, 2008, 13 (1), pp. 11-36. © 2008 Association for Environmental Archaeology. It is available from Doi: 10.1179/174963108X279193
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