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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter examines the main sources of evidence for mobility in the Roman period, focusing on epigraphy, material culture, and new scientific techniques, specifically isotopic analysis, evaluating strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Employing diaspora theory and hybridization models, it also asks broader questions of how interactions and relationships between incomers and locals can be modelled. Finally, and acknowledging that there is now an increased awareness of the political context in which research on emotive themes such as migration is conceived and conducted, we review some recently developed educational resources and their potential impact on public perceptions of mobility in the past.

Keywords: Diaspora, migration, mobility, isotopes (oxygen and strontium), outreach

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