PhD Graduate student Cristina Tica recently defended her dissertation as the culmination of her doctoral education experience! Her research interests encompass Iron Age and Late Antiquity in Eastern and Central Europe, migration studies and nomadic groups of the Eurasian steppes, frontier and borderlands studies, identity studies, trauma and violence studies, paleopathology and isotope analysis. Details of her project are below.
Title: The Barbaricum Trilogy: A Bioarchaeological Approach to Deciphering Sarmatians' Saga on the Great Hungarian Plain.
Abstract: According to the written sources of classical antiquity the Sarmatian populations of the Carpathian Basin were one of the region’s key actors during the Roman Period, and one of the Empire’s most formidable opponents. The same sources describe these groups as nomadic people of the steppes between the Ural Mountains and the Don River who migrated west and settled on the Great Hungarian Plain, inhabiting parts of modern Hungary for over four hundred years. The goal of this dissertation is to use empirical skeletal data to further our understanding of human health and mobility on the Great Hungarian Plain during the Roman Period; it combines bioarchaeological, paleoproteomic, and biogeochemical evidence in order to present a more detailed, more inclusive, and more reflective discourse on the Sarmatian residential histories and their life course in the Barbaricum.