Tongeren (Belgium): changing patterns of meat consumption in a Roman civitas capital


en Anthropozoologica 25-26 - Pages 457-464

Published on 01 June 1998

This article is a part of the thematic issue Proceedings of the 7th ICAZ International Meeting, Constance, September 1994

At Tongeren, the archaeological remains from the only Roman town on Belgian territory are being excavated by the IAP, in cooperation with the province of Limburg. At the site of Kielenstraat, traces of habitation have been found, dating from the end of the 1st century BC to the second half of the 3rd century AD. This report presents an analysis of the faunal remains from the earliest habitation period, i.e. the preFlavian occupation that ended with the town fire of 69-70 AD. Within this period four occupation phases can be identified stratigraphically. It can be shown that cultural differences between these phases are partly reflected in the meat consumption. However, an understanding of the "romanization" process can only be achieved by combining interpretative datafrom all categories offinds.


Tongeren, Belgium, Urban site, Roman period, Romanization.

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