My research in Tuebingen addressed the degree to which the Iberian Peninsula remained integrated into long-distance networks in the post-Roman period, particularly in terms of connections to the 'Byzantine' world during the sixth century. I was especially interested to explore interaction with the north of Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. Archaeological evidence, particularly ceramic finewares and amphorae helps to establish shifting patterns and modes of exchange. Written sources, especially biographical works and histories, further help to develop understanding of the degree to which Hispania remained integrated into broader political and religious networks. There was considerable regional variation and the patterns of interaction shifted across from the fifth to the seventh century. After the end of the western Roman state in the late fifth century, continued connectivity was based on the initiative of local and regional elites rather than central powers. I hope to develop the insights developed in Tuebingen during the next phases of my research, to culminate in a monograph.
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