The Object of the Season (II): Unusual animals in the archaeological context

Archaeological excavations reveal that the Roman diet included a variety of animals as part of their cuisine, and that animal meat was more prevalent than historical sources tell us. Here are some animals that have been confirmed through archaeological research to have been commonly consumed by the ancient Romans: pork, chicken, beef, goat, fish, seafood, snails, deer, boar, hare, and wild birds. This list is not exhaustive, and it is likely that the Romans consumed other animals as well. Occasionally, archaeological sites reveal the presence of animals that are not native to the area, indicating long-distance trade or cultural exchange.

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