The dynamics of stone transport between the Roman Mediterranean and its hinterland

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Abstract

This paper explores what an examination of the long-distance distribution of artefacts carved in stone can reveal about the interconnectedness of the Roman Mediterranean and the lands beyond its coastline. It discusses evidence for the difficulties associated with the trans-shipment of a material as heavy as stone and how they might have helped to determine the observable distribution of stone objects. In so doing, it attempts to contextualize the role of the imperially orchestrated redistributive system in this process and explore what the analysis of stone objects can add to attempts to model distribution patterns of material goods in the Roman world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-126
Number of pages20
JournalFacta, A Journal of Roman Material Culture Studies
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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