NetFoodIt is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship funded under the Horizon Europe programme of the European Union (HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01-101065142) at the Landscape Archaeology Research Group (GIAP) of the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC).
PI: Dr. Federica Riso. Supervised by: Alexandra Livarda (Ramón y Cajal researcher at ICAC).
Dates: 01/12/2022 – 30/11/2024
With the NetFoodIt project, Dr. Riso aims to amplify her knowledge in Roman transport, movement and socioeconomic dynamics, developing a geodatabase of Roman food imports assemblages and studying their social access and rarity/regularity through a combination of novel techniques.
NetFoodIt aims at using imported food plants, for the study of Roman transport and movement and the socioeconomic dynamics that this established within the core of the Roman Empire and its broader surroundings, that is, across modern-day Italy.
In combination with the Roman transport network, the project will next investigate the centrality of the sites with these imports, their character as consumption or redistribution centres and will reconstruct the routes for the distribution of these food plants.
In doing so NetFoodIt will shed new light into the relation between mobility, commerce and the introduction of new tastes in Roman Italy.
The emergence of the Roman Empire marked a series of significant political and socio-economic changes across modern-day Italy as well as across a very large part of modern-day Europe. Among these, the establishment of a new transport network and the development of trade and commerce that this facilitated, was one of the most important and lasting changes.
This project will provide important insights into Roman commerce, economy and the extension and acquisition of new tastes as Rome expanded and developed contacts with other ancient cultures.
NetFoodIt will develop a geodatabase of Roman food imports assemblages and study their social access and rarity/regularity.
In order to do so, a combination of novel techniques, which include Social Network Analysis, Site Rarity Index calculations, Spatial Network Analysis and spatial statistics will be employed in conjunction for the first time for Roman Italy.