Amanda Dobrov Humanities and Social Science
Roman Amphoras of North Africa: Markers of a Pan-Mediterranean Economy
The Crisis of the Third Century (AD 235-284) nearly saw the complete collapse of the Roman Empire due to a combination of foreign invaders, plague, civil war, and economic depression. While there is a considerable amount of scholarship on the 3rd Century, I am hoping to re-examine this scholarship with an archaeological lens. I am focusing my research on the study of Roman trade amphoras. These ceramic vessels will give me a good picture of the consumption and trade patterns of Rome during the Late Empire. I am focusing my research even further on trade amphoras originating from North Africa. North Africa was a known in the ancient world as the bread basket of Rome, so it will prove a large sample of amphoras for me to work with. In using a combination of historical texts and archaeology I am hoping that my research provides a new perspective on the economy of the Late Roman Empire.