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Title: Wood exploitation and food supply at the border of the Roman Empire: the case of the vicus of Thamusida - Sidi Ali ben Ahmed (Morocco)
Author: Allevato, Emilia
Buonincontri, Mauro
Pecci, Alessandra
D'Auria, Alessia
Papi, Emanuele
Saracino, Antonio
Di Pasquale, Gaetano
Keywords: Restes de plantes (Arqueologia)
Àfrica del Nord
Plant remains (Archaeology)
North Africa
Segle I-segle III
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Manley Pub.
Abstract: This paper presents the results of inter-disciplinary work drawing on archaeobotanical and archaeometric studies to trace the agroforestry landscape and the supply economy at the vicus of Thamusida in north-west Morocco at the border of the Roman Empire. The available data indicate the self-sufficiency of the settlement in both forestry and agricultural products throughout the period investigated from the end of the 1st century BC to the beginning of the 4th century AD. Charcoal data testify to the presence of a Quercus suber forest in the close surroundings of the site and its exploitation for a variety of forestry products such as timber, fuelwood, cork, and probably also leaves and acorns to feed livestock. The overwhelming presence of Q. suber in the archaeological layer investigated clearly indicates that this forest was under human influence prior to Roman occupation and was already partially degraded. Charred seed and fruit remains suggest that the diet of both troops and civilians was mainly based on locally grown products and that all the inhabitants of the site had access to good cereals such as barley, naked wheats and pulses with large seeds such as horse bean and pea; quality fruits, such as olive and grape, were also produced locally for fresh consumption. Organic residue analyses of the contents of ceramic vessels and plastered vats allowed archaeobotanical data to be complemented, thereby shedding light on some of the imports at Thamusida. Despite the remote location of this settlement, imported goods such as oil and wine were transported here in amphorae from different parts of the Empire.
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It is part of: Environmental Archaeology, 2017, vol. 22, num. 2, p. 200-217
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ISSN: 1461-4103
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