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Pitch production during the Roman period: an intensive mountain industry for a globalised economy?

Orengo, Hèctor A.; Palet Martínez, Josep M.; Ejarque, Ana; Miras, Yannick; Riera-Mora, Santiago

Authors

Hèctor A. Orengo Hector.Orengo@nottingham.ac.uk

Josep M. Palet Martínez jpalet@icac.net

Ana Ejarque Ana.Ejarque@nau.edu

Yannick Miras yannick.miras@univ-bpclermont.fr

Santiago Riera-Mora rieram@ub.edu



Abstract

The authors’ research project in the Pyrenees mountains has located and excavated Roman kilns for producing pitch from pine resin. Their investigations reveal a whole sustainable industry, integrated into the local environmental cycle, supplying pitch to the Roman network and charcoal as a spin-off to the local iron extractors. The paper makes a strong case for applying combined archaeological and palaeoenvironmental investigations in upland areas, showing mountain industries to have been not so much marginal and pastoral as key players in the economy of the Roman period and beyond it into the seventh century AD.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2013
Journal Antiquity
Print ISSN 0003-598X
Electronic ISSN 0003-598X
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 87
Issue 337
APA6 Citation Orengo, H. A., Palet Martínez, J. M., Ejarque, A., Miras, Y., & Riera-Mora, S. (2013). Pitch production during the Roman period: an intensive mountain industry for a globalised economy?. Antiquity, 87(337),
Keywords Pyrenees, mountain, landscape, Roman, antiquity, pitch, tar, pine, resin, charcoal, iron
Publisher URL http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/087/ant0870802.htm
Related Public URLs http://antiquity.ac.uk
http://urv.academia.edu...rchaeologyResearchGroup
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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