This paper is a review of the seeds/fruits obtained from about one hundred Roman period archaeological sites (ca. 3rd century bc to 6th century ad) located in Northern Italy. The types of deposit involved are various, and come from residential, productive and other structures (A sites), and cemeteries and cult areas (B sites). The aim of this study is to highlight the seeds/ fruits of food plants that have been found in the Roman archaeological sites in this area. Only cultivated and wild plants that, according to Latin literary sources, were used for food are considered. The result is a list of about one hundred plant taxa. There are four principal categories: cereals, pulses, fruit s.l. and vegetables/spices. Moreover, finds of “bread” were recorded in several sites. The subdivision of most detailed data into four chronological phases (“Romanization”/Republican Age, Imperial Age, Late Roman, Late Antiquity) shows clearly the evolution of plant food consumption that attained maximum complexity during early Imperial times and progressively changed and fragmented in subsequent periods.

Archaeobotanical evidence of food plants in Northern Italy during the Roman period / Bosi, Giovanna; Castiglioni, Elisabetta; Rinaldi, Rossella; Mazzanti, Marta; Marchesini, Marco; Rottoli, Mauro. - In: VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY. - ISSN 0939-6314. - 29:6(2020), pp. 681-697. [10.1007/s00334-020-00772-4]

Archaeobotanical evidence of food plants in Northern Italy during the Roman period

Bosi Giovanna
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Rinaldi Rossella;Mazzanti Marta;Marchesini Marco;
2020

Abstract

This paper is a review of the seeds/fruits obtained from about one hundred Roman period archaeological sites (ca. 3rd century bc to 6th century ad) located in Northern Italy. The types of deposit involved are various, and come from residential, productive and other structures (A sites), and cemeteries and cult areas (B sites). The aim of this study is to highlight the seeds/ fruits of food plants that have been found in the Roman archaeological sites in this area. Only cultivated and wild plants that, according to Latin literary sources, were used for food are considered. The result is a list of about one hundred plant taxa. There are four principal categories: cereals, pulses, fruit s.l. and vegetables/spices. Moreover, finds of “bread” were recorded in several sites. The subdivision of most detailed data into four chronological phases (“Romanization”/Republican Age, Imperial Age, Late Roman, Late Antiquity) shows clearly the evolution of plant food consumption that attained maximum complexity during early Imperial times and progressively changed and fragmented in subsequent periods.
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Archaeobotanical evidence of food plants in Northern Italy during the Roman period / Bosi, Giovanna; Castiglioni, Elisabetta; Rinaldi, Rossella; Mazzanti, Marta; Marchesini, Marco; Rottoli, Mauro. - In: VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY. - ISSN 0939-6314. - 29:6(2020), pp. 681-697. [10.1007/s00334-020-00772-4]
Bosi, Giovanna; Castiglioni, Elisabetta; Rinaldi, Rossella; Mazzanti, Marta; Marchesini, Marco; Rottoli, Mauro
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