Mining Matters: Rural Communities and Industrial Landscapes in Roman Iberia, Third Century BCE-Second Century CE


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships


Archaeology and the Ancient World


This dissertation focuses on the social and economic impacts of Roman conquest and colonization on the mining industry in the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal). Drawing primarily from archaeological and epigraphic evidence, it investigates four Roman imperial mining centers scattered throughout the region in order to better understand changes and continuities in daily life, the technological and social aspects of production, and economic interactions at these locales. Illuminating the lives of oft forgotten people in mining districts helps to illustrate the nature of Roman imperialism and its localized effects on communities. Further, this project demonstrates the utility of examining processes of resource extraction and community formation in studies of colonial encounters.