Kimberly Bowes Wins McCann Award from the Archaeological Institute of America

Kimberly Bowes, Professor of Classical Studies

Kimberly Bowes, Professor of Classical Studies, has won the 2023 Anna Marguerite McCann Award for Fieldwork Reports from the Archaeological Institute of America for her two-volume work, The Roman Peasant Project 2009-2014: Excavating the Roman Rural Poor. The Anna Marguerite McCann Award recognizes an outstanding monograph presenting results from an archaeological field project.

The Roman Peasant Project was a six-year systematic study examining the spaces, architecture, diet, agriculture, market interactions, and movement of rural dwellers in a region of southern Tuscany during the Roman period. It reflects Bowes’s increasing focus on the study of non-elites, an integration of archaeological and scientific data, anthropological theory, and historical economics. Bowes served as co-director of the project and editor of the report, working with European scholars as well as colleagues from Penn, including Cam Grey, Associate Professor of Classical Studies.

One of the report’s key findings was that Roman farmers had base dwellings, but moved around the landscape performing specific agricultural tasks in different places and were an integral part of the monetized economy of the Roman world.

In 2022, Professor Bowes received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

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