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Roman diet and trade: evidence from organic residues on pottery sherds recovered at the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester Hants.)

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Marshall, L.-J., Cook, S. R., Almond, M. J. and Fulford, M. G. (2008) Roman diet and trade: evidence from organic residues on pottery sherds recovered at the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester Hants.). Britannia, 39. pp. 245-254. ISSN 1753-5352

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To link to this article DOI: 10.3815/006811308785917187

Abstract/Summary

The analysis of organic residues from pottery sherds using Gas-Chromatography with mass-spectroscopy (GC-MS) has revealed information about the variety of foods eaten and domestic routine at Silchester between the second and fourth–sixth centuries A.D. Two results are discussed in detail: those of a second-century Gauloise-type amphora and a fourth-century SE Dorset black-burnished ware (BB1) cooking pot, which reveal the use of pine pitch on the inner surface of the amphora and the use of animal fats (ruminant adipose fats) and leafy vegetables in cooking at the Roman town of Silchester, Hants.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Social Archaeology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
ID Code:13166
Uncontrolled Keywords:ROMAN POTTERY, ROMAN DIET, SILCHESTER, ROMAN TRADE, AMPHORA, ORGANIC RESIDUES, GAS-CHROMATOGRAPHY WITH MASS-SPECTROSCOPY
Publisher:Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
Publisher Statement:Copyright Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. 2008

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