Poster session 16.1

Ulla Rajala (Stockholm University, Sweden / University of Cambridge) and Philip Mills (University of Leicester)

Pottery circulation, villas and Roman Nepet from the Republican period to late antiquity

This poster summarises the analysis of Roman pottery distributions around Nepi in their geographic contexts. Based on a ceramiscene approach – i.e. characterising the economic landscape explicitly as    ‘the landscape that is created, manipulated and experienced by the manufacturing, usage and disposal of material of deliberately fired clay’ (Mills and Rajala 2011). This poster explores these local landscapes of production, use and disposal through GIS and statistical analyses.

Pottery is used as a proxy for human activities. Not only is it a dating tool, but the study of proportions of ware types and functional makeup can be a powerful and sensitive tool for predicting a site’s status and type. By mapping the sites defined in this manner the relationship between the urban centre and the villas in its hinterland can be explored as well as the transformation from the Republican period to the sixth century AD, and how different strata of society would be affected by the changing economic fortunes of the area.