Mittwoch, 10. Juni 2015

Magistranden-/Doktoranden-Kolloquium-11.06.2015-Was it all Greek to them? A bioarchaeological view on colonial southeast Italy (c. 600-200 BC)

Morgen findet ein Vortrag zum Thema
"Was it all Greek to them? A bioarchaeological view on colonial southeast Italy (c. 600-200 BC)"
 im Institut für Klassische Archäologie im Seminarraum 165 um 18 Uhr c.t statt:
A series of unprecedented changes took place in the southern part of Italy between the Early Iron Age and the arrival of the Romans. Particularly the process of Greek colonisation has spawned a huge archaeological bibliography. In recent years, research of the contemporary indigenous regions has also taken a giant leap forward, leading to important new insights in the processes of urbanisation and growing social and economic complexity in these areas. This talk touches on some core issues in this debate and explores a clearly understudied key issue in the study of the colonial Greek world, namely its basis of subsistence. It has generally been assumed that the motives for the ancient Greek colonisation of southern Italy related primarily to the need for new farmland and the exchange of farming products such as wine and olive oil. However, existing research lacks insight into the nature and scale of farming in these regions, prior, during and after the establishment of the colonies. This paper will focus on this topic, combining archaeological, archaeobotanical and archaeozoological data to investigate how agricultural land use evolved during the different stages of Greek colonisation. The aim is to move away from the perspective that the Greek colonization had a civilizing effect and the colonies in southern Italy became 'all Greek'. This view is now clearly outdated, but continues to dominate studies of land use in pre-Roman southeast Italy. Instead, it will be shown that considerable regional differences continued to exist, particularly with regard to surplus production and agricultural specialization.
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