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Finding millet in the Roman world

Murphy, CA; (2016) Finding millet in the Roman world. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences , 8 (1) pp. 65-78. 10.1007/s12520-015-0237-4. Green open access

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Abstract

Examining the evidence for millet in the Roman empire, during the period, circa 753 bc–610 ad, presents a number of challenges: a handful of scant mentions in the ancient surviving agrarian texts, only a few fortuitous preserved archaeological finds and limited archaeobotanical and isotopic evidence. Ancient agrarian texts note millet’s ecological preferences and multiple uses. Recent archaeobotanical and isotopic evidence has shown that millet was being used throughout the Roman period. The compiled data suggests that millet consumption was a more complex issue than the ancient sources alone would lead one to believe. Using the recent archaeobotanical study of Insula VI.I from the city of Pompeii, as a case study, the status and role of millet in the Roman world is examined and placed within its economic, cultural and social background across time and space in the Roman world.

Type: Article
Title: Finding millet in the Roman world
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s12520-015-0237-4
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12520-015-0237-4
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12520-015-0237-4.
Keywords: Millet, Roman, Pompeii, Diet
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1477001
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