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Book: Local Experiences of Connectivity and Mobility in the Ancient West-Central Mediterranean

Chapter: 4. Mining, Movement, and Migration in the Industrial Landscapes of Roman Iberia

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44206


The intensification of mining in Iberia following Roman conquest catalyzed episodes of migration and movement of materials in ways that stimulated both regional and empire-wide connectivity. This chapter explores diachronic changes in the movement of people and goods in and out of Roman mining districts in the Iberian Peninsula, focusing first on Republican southeast Iberia and second on early imperial southwest Iberia. Tracing these changes ultimately sheds light on the organization of labor, the complexities of local and imperial economies, and the lived experience of empire in the mining landscapes of Iberia as it was incorporated into the Roman Empire.

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