A review has come out in the latest issue of the American Journal of Archaeology of an edited volume in which I have two papers. David Mattingly's comments on Roman Diasporas (2010) are quite complimentary, which means a lot coming from a giant in the field. Thankfully, AJA has seen fit to make the review free to read online. Please do read it if you're interested in the latest approaches - both scientific and humanistic - to the study of the disparate peoples of the Roman Empire.
My only major quibble with Mattingly's review is that he characterizes the Montgomery et al. article (on which I'm a coauthor) as a study of lead concentration to identify immigrants. Lead isotopes can do so; lead concentration tells you how much lead a person ingested (and thus whether or not they had lead poisoning, which, to me, is a more interesting finding than the lead isotope data). Perhaps it's just his wording, but it seems he's conflating isotopes and concentration. (Minor grammatical quibbles that may be AJA's fault: page one has "isoptic" and page three has "data is.")
- Killgrove, K. 2010. Identifying immigrants to Imperial Rome using strontium isotope analysis. In Roman Diasporas: Archaeological Approaches to Mobility and Diversity in the Roman Empire, H. Eckardt ed. Journal of Roman Archaeology supplement 78, Chapter 9, pp. 157-174.
- Montgomery J, J Evans, S Chenery, V Pashley, K Killgrove. 2010. “Gleaming, white and deadly”: lead exposure and geographic origins in the Roman period. In Roman Diasporas: Archaeological Approaches to Mobility and Diversity in the Roman Empire, H. Eckardt ed. Journal of Roman Archaeology supplement 78, Chapter 11, pp. 199-226.