The goal of our project is to redefine perceptions about how each Roman provincial community had its roots in a unique and dynamic, cultural heterogeneous milieu. This heterogeneous composition allows us to trace a wide range of different cultural practices within the archaeological record. Some of these practices changed constantly and rapidly during the second and early 1st centuries B.C.E., while others seem to be maintained for a longer period of time. We aim to trace and understand, if never totally reconstruct, these practices and their evolution among time in two different levels: the household and the settlement.
The objective of this project is deepening our knowledge of rural cults in the provincial sphere, seeing them as a part of a broader process of cultural change. Its particular aim is to evaluate how some of these manifestations took shape at cult sites and how they had an impact upon a territory. It aims to approach the function of the sanctuaries both as spaces of social communication and interaction and as mechanisms capable of maintaining local identities. Both factors allow an urban community to construct forms of integration for certain social groups, and to interact with other cities, the Roman administration, and the emperor.