Kimberly Bowes Wins Award for Her Two-Volume Book on Roman Peasants

Kimberly Bowes, a professor of classical studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the 2023 Anna Marguerite McCann Award for Fieldwork Reports from the Archaeological Institute of America. The Anna Marguerite McCann Award recognizes an outstanding monograph presenting results from an archaeological field project.

Professor Bowes was honored for he two-volume work, The Roman Peasant Project 2009-2014: Excavating the Roman Rural Poor (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2021). 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. 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.

Dr. Bowes is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She earned a master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in New Jersey.

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