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The life of a Roman colony in Northern Italy: Ethnobotanical information from archaeobotanical analysis
- Bosi, Giovanna, Mazzanti, Marta Bandini, Montecchi, Maria Chiara, Torri, Paola, Rinaldi, Rossella
- Quaternary international 2017 v.460 pp. 135-156
- archaeobotany, fruits, handicrafts, landfills, seeds, urban areas, Italy
- Archaeobotanical analyses (mainly on seeds and fruits – over 1000 l of sieved material with unpublished data) from three urban sites (2nd cent. BC – 2nd cent. AD) provided interesting ethnobotanical information about a Roman colony, Mutina (Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy), founded in 183 BC.In this paper, comparisons are made between productive areas, landfills and one site that shows the evolution of a rich domus. The information obtained concerns the environment in which the town was born and developed, but especially plant-man relationships (food, crafts, green décor etc.) in a thriving Roman colony in Northern Italy.A good example is provided by analyses carried out in a tank, where the recovery of some archaeozoological finds indicates that it was used for fish farming; this hypothesis is supported by some particular vegetal findings.