Italy: The origins of the Roman people? Apr 3, 2016 20:30:28 GMT
Post by UKarchaeology on Apr 3, 2016 20:30:28 GMT
Immigrants of Rome, questions of origins of Rome Empire People Source – El Monte Tech Time
Remains of Rome immigrants who had traveled to Capital thousands of years ago. According examining immigrants’ skulls and teeth, researchers were able to discern that the individuals may have lived during the first to third centuries AD, making them the first people identified as Imperial Rome migrants.
The team examined 105 skeletons buried in Roman cemeteries that date to the first through third centuries
The researchers said that while Ancient Rome imported a lot of grain and food from parts of its empire such as Egypt, at least four individuals, including two children, one adolescent boy and an adolescent girl, found in the cemeteries appear to have come from a drier climate like North Africa.
Two male adults, one 50-year-old adult and an adolescent were also found to have perhaps come from the Alps.
The researchers additionally found the diet of the individuals appears to have changed significantly when they moved to Rome, possibly as they adapted to the local cuisine, which consisted of mostly wheat, legumes, meat and fish.
However, the researchers said they need to conduct further work, together with DNA analysis, which may provide further clues as to who these people were and their reasons for coming to the Roman capital.
The examination revealed that human migration to Rome, mostly consisted of men and children, and their diet underwent strong modifications after migration, primarily consisting of wheat, legumes, meat and fish. Imperial Rome was considered home to around 1 million people, out of which approximately 5% were voluntary immigrants, while nearly 40% were slaves. Yet, these are only the probable figures because Imperial-era census has never been completely established for Rome.
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