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Museum corner: Antiquarium di Monselice

In the castrum of Monselice, near a tower located on the slope of the hill excavations carried out in 1989 brought to light five Lombard burials. Two of these burials …

Barbarian settlements in Italy

This piece focuses on the Goths and Lombards, the two predominant barbarian groups which settled in the Italian territory during the Early Middle Ages. Immigrants in Italy In the Roman …

Cura Annonae

Studies have revealed much about what the citizens of the Roman Empire ate, but how did Rome supply food to all its citizens? To understand changes in the food supply …

The Fortification of the Roman Empire

Since prehistory, various structures have been built to defend against attacks by assailants, whether such attacks were incidental or organised. In Jericho, the city walls date to 8,000 BCE. The …

The Roman diet

How has archaeology helped us understand the diet of people in the past? What did people during the Roman period eat and drink and what does this tell us about …

Fortifications and Aristocracies

In this discussion of fortifications we look at how aristocracies in history have played a huge part in their development. The role of state authorities and aristocracies is key to …

The Study of Human Bones

The study of human bones is the most tangible source for understanding the lives and deaths of all past populations – elites in some cases, but also the vast majority …

Measuring Climate Change

We begin this piece with one of the most crucial issues of our time: climate change. And before we can begin to understand our present predicament, we need to take …

Week 3 Introduction

This week we will focus on one of the most striking evolutions of late Roman cities and settlements: the process of fortification. This process took place from the third century …

Week 2 Introduction

This week you will learn how the Roman food production and distribution were organised. You will also learn why the Roman diet was so rich and diverse compared to that …

Studying the Diet of the Past

In this video, we will be speaking with Manuel Rigo and Lara Maritan, professors from the Geosciences Department at the University of Padua who collaborate with archaeologists in the analysis …