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Embodied Identities in Roman Britain: A Bioarchaeological Approach

Gowland, R.L.

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Human skeletal remains from Roman Britain are abundant and provide a rich repository of social as well as biological information concerning health, migration, diet and body/society interactions. At present, skeletal remains tend to be marginalised in studies of Roman trade, the military, economy, urbanisation and the like, yet they have huge potential to contribute to current debates. This article aims to highlight the potential of bioarchaeological analysis for understanding aspects of social identity in Roman Britain through the use of a more integrated, theoretical approach towards embodied interactions. It encourages future collaborative scholarship between bioarchaeologists, archaeologists and historians. The social determinants of health and identity will vary greatly between regions and the only way of establishing the diversity of life across the Roman Empire is through the instigation of a more comprehensive, large-scale, integrated study of funerary and skeletal assemblages.


Gowland, R. (2017). Embodied Identities in Roman Britain: A Bioarchaeological Approach. Britannia: A Journal of Romano-British and Kindred Studies, 48, 175-194.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 8, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 20, 2017
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 8, 2017
Journal Britannia
Print ISSN 0068-113X
Electronic ISSN 1753-5352
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Pages 175-194


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This article has been published in a revised form in Britannia This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © The Author(s) 2017. Published by The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

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