Classical Archaeology seminar | The archaeology of ancient wine and oil
Dr. Emlyn Dodd | Macquarie University
The archaeology of ancient wine and oil: Graeco‐Roman production on the Cyclades
The Cyclades possess a rich and complex history, peppered with political tension, invasion, thriving settlements, and religious importance. Yet the region is also often viewed as a desolate and inhospitable place, particularly in the Roman eras, and agriculture sometimes takes a back seat. This is contradicted by the archaeological evidence, and supported by literary references and ethnographic data, which suggest that these islands possessed considerable viticultural and oleicultural production in antiquity. But where and how were they making this oil and wine? Who was making it? And for what purpose?
In order to begin answering these questions, this talk presents new archaeological survey evidence from multiple Cycladic islands, along with reassessment of existing data from Delos, across a broad range of historical periods. This is then linked to analyses of ancient agricultural productivity, population fluctuation, and trade patterns.
This project is funded collaboratively by the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Macquarie University Department of Ancient History and Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment, and British School at Athens.
Please be aware that Dr Dodd’s seminar will be given remotely so those in the CCANESA boardroom will be watching it streamed on the large screen in the boardroom.
The upcoming Classical Archaeology Seminar Programme for semester 2 will be a mixture of live streamed presentations, some from the CCANESA boardroom and some from remote locations. All we be streamed via zoom.
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25 August 2020, 3:00pm
The Department of Archaeology is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).