February 11, 2016

My new article, "All Roads Lead to Rome," and the media coverage of it

After more years than I care to admit, my last proper article based on my dissertation research is out (although there are a couple book chapters yet to come that include data from it as case studies).  This one, though, represents the meat of my dissertation.

Individual ET38 from Castellaccio Europarco
(1st-2nd c AD, Rome) was likely an immigrant.
Unsurprisingly enough, since Imperial Rome was ridiculously complex, it's taken a while to work through the data, and especially to take into account all the things that wonkify (yes, that's a real science term) the isotopes.  Whereas most bioarchaeologists who do isotope analysis can be pretty sure their local population was eating, drinking, and living locally, it's impossible to start from that assumption in Rome, what with the importing of grain, the aqueducts bringing in millions of gallons of water a day, and the moving around the Empire. So this article is not the last word on migration and skeletons -- in fact, in most ways, it's the first. And I hope that more studies are done (including my own ongoing work with DNA) to dig into the complexity rather than shy away from it.

I published this in PLOS ONE because it's open-access, and it's important to me to have these data and interpretations accessible to anthropologists and classicists alike.  That's also why much of the writing isn't heavy on the science jargon -- I frequently get comments on my peer-reviewed articles that mention their readability, and I can thank my blogging for that.  Finally, I have also opened up my entire database from this project, as it was funded by the NSF, Wenner-Gren, and UNC, and there's no sense in my sitting on the database any longer, even though there are unpublished data in there (e.g., dental pathologies).

But without further ado, below are a link to the PLOS article, a link to the original relational database, and a collection of news media coverage in at least half a dozen languages.

  • Video Interviews
    • ScienceVideos.org - Kristina Killgrove: Exploring Human Migration through Biochemistry
  • News Articles in English
    • Discovery News - Imperial Rome Migrants ID'd
    • LiveScience and Yahoo News - First Migrants to Rome ID'd by Their Teeth (and photo gallery)
    • mental_floss - Teeth and Bones from Ancient Rome Hold Clues to Migration and Slavery
    • Daily Mail - Who were Rome's mystery immigrants? Skeletons Found in Ancient Cemetery Travelled to the City from North Africa and the Alps 2,000 Years Ago
    • Christian Science Monitor - Who walked the roads to Rome? Isotopes Provide Clues
    • Archaeology.org - Remains in Roman Necropolis May Represent Migrants
    • IFLScience - Where Did Ancient Rome's Migrants Come From?
    • WUWF - Dental Remains Help Archaeologists Identify Immigrants in Roman Ruins
    • New Historian - Roman-Era Cemeteries Yield New Data on Human Migration
    • Past Horizons - Clues about Human Migration to Imperial Rome Uncovered
    • International Business Times - Earliest Migrants in Ancient Roman Empire Came from North Africa and the Alps as Slaves
    • Inquisitr - All Roads Lead to Rome, New Study Suggests
    • Cosmos - Graveyard Gives Up Secrets of Migration to Imperial Rome
    • Ancient Origins - Nameless Immigrants and Slaves In Rome: Who Were They? Where Did They Come From?
    • University Herald - Scientists Identify Ancient Human Remains as Roman Immigrants
    • Red Orbit - 2,000-year-old Remains Tell Lost Story of Imperial Rome's Immigrant Class
    • Science World Report - Ancient Cemetery Holds Clues to Human Migration to Imperial Rome
    • The Financial Express and Business Standard and WebIndia123 and New Kerala - Ancient Roman Skeletons Reveal Human Migration Pattern
    • I4U News - Ancient Cemetery Reveals Mystery of Imperial Rome Migrants
    • Maine News Online - Evidence of Migrants from Outside Rome Discovered
    • Tech Times - 2,000-Year-Old Cemetery Offers Clues About Human Migration To Imperial Rome
    • Science Recorder - 2,000-year-old Skeletons Reveal Early Migrants to Ancient Rome
    • Albany Daily Star - Immigrants of Rome, questions of origins of Rome Empire
    • Eurasia Review - Clues about Human Migration to Imperial Rome Found in 2,000-year-old Cemetery
  • News Articles in Spanish
    • La Vanguardia - Identificados por primera vez inmigrantes en la antigua Roma
    • SINC - Hallados los primeros restos humanos de inmigrantes en la Roma Imperial
    • La Informacion and ABC Sociedad - Un estudio halla evidencia de migración humana a la Roma imperial en un cementerio de hace 2.000 años
    • Europa Press - Primeros restos de inmigrantes que vivieron en la Roma Imperial
    • Prensa Latina - Estudio analiza la migración en la Roma imperial
    • News Articles in Italian
      • ANSA - Primi identikit dei migranti nella Roma imperiale
      • Galileo Net - Gli scheletri che raccontano la storia delle migrazioni a Roma
      • Scienze Fanpage - Chi erano i migranti nell'antica Roma?
      • San Francesco - I migranti della Roma imperiale arrivavano da Nord Africa e Alpi
    • News Articles in French
    • News Articles in German
      • Science ORF - Isotope "erzählen" Migration im alten Rom
    • News Articles in Hungarian
      • Hirado - Fogaik alapján azonosítottak ókori római bevándorlókat
    • News Articles in Russian
      • Lenta - В Древнем Риме нашли мигрантов
      • RIA - Ученые выяснили, какие мигранты работали на "имперских" стройках Рима
      • Neva Info - На кладбищах Рима найдены останки первых в мире мигрантов
      • Volga Daily - Археологи доказали, что в Древнем Риме работали мигранты
    • News Articles in Ukranian
      • UA Press - Всі дороги ведуть до Риму - знайдені останки переселенців з інших регіонів
    • News Articles in Polish
      • Wyborcza - Wszystkie drogi prowadzą do Rzymu. Nowe badania nad migracją
      • Sputnik News - W starożytnym Rzymie znaleziono migrantów
    • News Articles in Romanian
      • Descopera - Cine erau imigranţii misterioşi ai Romei? O descoperire care dovedeşte ce s-a întâmplat acum 2.000 de ani
    • News Articles in Indonesian
      • Bhatara Media - Pemakaman Berusia 2.000 Tahun ungkap Migrasi Manusia ke Imperial Roma

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