Borders and means of overcoming them are a current topic of historical research. This also applies to provincial Roman archaeology which, however, has hitherto restricted itself mainly to the exterior borders of the Roman Empire. Although it would be of the utmost importance, a detailed study of the internal frontiers of the Roman Empire based on current research, however, is still in its early stages. Was a frontier at the time similar to today’s borders between two administrative districts (e.g. departments or cantons) or must one imagine borders like those between two EU member states? Were these purely administrative borders or should we think of cultural boundaries as well? Was there such a thing as a “provincial awareness” amongst the population at the time?
The subject matter is complex and can only be tackled using a combined interdisciplinary approach. Possible partners would be ancient history, archaeology and archaeobiology.
Possible lines of approach:
Natural versus political regions of the Roman Empire: The example of the northwestern provinces, Sabine Deschler-Erb
Can we define Roman provincial identities on the basis of material culture?, StefanieHoss
Importance of internal boarders in the Roman Empire: written sources and model cases?, Anne Kolb and Lukas Zingg
Calculating borders? Possibilities and risks of spatial analysis for reconstructing roman provincial borders, Sandra Schröer and Martin
Brooches as indicators of boundaries or regional identity in western Raetia, KatharinaBlasinger and Gerald Grabherr
A balance of differences and similarities: A GIS approach to territories of Baetica, Maria del Carmen Moreno Escobar