Libarna Household Archaeology Project

Libarna - 2016 fieldseason

The ancient city of Libarna lies in northwest Italy in Roman Liguria, a key but under-researched region of the Roman world, between Roman Italy proper and the Gallic provinces. This site has evidence of occupation from the 6th cent. BCE, and as a Roman colony from the mid-2nd cent. BCE and until at least the 2nd cent. CE. However, it has only received sporadic archaeological attention over the last two centuries. This project will investigate evidence for the transformations in domestic practice from the indigenous site into a Roman colony, and the place of this colony – socially, culturally, economically – in this region and in the wider Roman world.

The project is in its initial stages and will take a household archaeology approach to the domestic structures and associated artefacts at this site. This comprises excavation of domestic structures identified during a preliminary field survey season in 2016, but also includes analyses of the previously investigated 'legacy data' at this site, to critically investigate the integration of Roman and indigenous domestic life for greater understandings of Roman socio-cultural history.

This project is supported by Dr Alessandro Quercia, of the Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le province di Alessandria, Asti e Cuneo (formerly the Soprintendenza Archeologica del Piemonte), and is run in collaboration with the Libarna Urban Landscape Project, directed by Dr. Katherine Huntley (Boise State University, Idaho) and Dr. Hannah Friedman (Texas Technical University).

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