Archaeology of the Roman Provinces

Alesia Fibel, Basel

The archaeology of the Roman provinces focuses on Rome and its provinces, from the Late Iron Age/Late Republic to Late Antiquity (from about 150 BC to about 600 AD). 

This working area, which extends from Britain to the Danube and from Holland to North Africa, provides the background for in-depth research on man and society in Roman times: the knowledge of buildings and the function of cities and small towns, the form and economy of agricultural settlements, and also the political and cultural role of the Roman Empire in everyday life, religion, social structure and relations, and in the lives and deaths of the people of that time.

A central theme of this research is the impact on the indigenous population who lived in the later provinces of the Roman Empire, and in neighboring areas before the Roman conquest – to what extent and in what areas did these societies change as a result of their contact with Rome, and as a result of their integration into the Empire?