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.
To do so, the fieldwork project in Cabrera de Mar includes the detailed analysis of three complex domestic spaces and their material culture: one of them fully excavated between 1999 and 2012 (the Can Benet domus), a second one partially excavated during 1998 (house 1 in Can Mateu), and finally one that will be fully uncovered by our archaeological team (house 2 in Can Mateu). The houses were inhabited approximately between 125 B.C.E. and 90/80 B.C.E. They were located near the public baths and were part of an impressive neighborhood that seems to occupy one of the most privileged spaces within the urban layout. A household archaeology study of these domestic spaces will reveal some of the cultural and economic practices, consumption patterns and other relevant aspects of their inhabitants’ lives.