Brent , Liana: Travel Grant - 2017-2018

College: 
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: 
Classics
Project Title: 
Disturbed, Damaged and Discarded: Roman Post-Burial Practices
Project Abstract: 
In July 2017, I propose to travel to Italy for archaeological fieldwork in the Roman imperial period cemetery at Vagnari, near Gravina in Puglia. Since 2011 I have been the site supervisor of a bioarchaeological field school that instructs undergraduate students in archaeological methods. The Vagnari cemetery is one of the only ongoing cemetery excavations in rural Italy, with more than 130 burials excavated, several of which were reopened and reused in antiquity, which makes Vagnari an ideal site to include in my doctoral dissertation on the topic of grave disturbance and reuse. My project aims to connect cemetery datasets from excavations over the past 30 years and to improve field methods for an archaeology of disturbance. My research demonstrates how much we can learn about the treatment of the body at the time of grave opening and reuse.