Dr Angela Trentacoste

Research Profile

Research Profile

I completed a BA at the University of Virginia (Archaeology) and an MSc (Environmental Archaeology) and PhD at the University of Sheffield. I joined the School of Archaeology in 2017 after two years with the Oxford Roman Economy Project (OxREP) in Classics. Previously I have held research awards with the British School at Rome and the Etruscan Foundation. As a zooarchaeologist, my research is concerned with human–animal interaction, particularly with issues surrounding agricultural economy, husbandry production, and sacrifice/the ritual use of animals. More broadly, I am interested in mobility, specialisation, and impact of urbanism on productive strategies. My primary area of interest is Italy, but am involved with on-going fieldwork at Aphrodisias in Turkey and have studied British fauna. I contribute to excavations throughout Italy, including field schools in Orvieto, Cerveteri, and Gravina in Puglia. At Oxford, I teach topics in Roman archaeology and bioarchaeology.

Current activities

1.       ZooMWest ERC Project - Zooarchaeology and Mobility in the Western Mediterranean: husbandry production from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity

2.       Hardie Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Lincoln College (https://www.lincoln.ox.ac.uk/Fellows/AngelaTrentacoste)

3.       Zooarchaeological investigations at Orvieto, Caere, Vagnari vicus, and Oplontis (Italy), and Aphrodisias (Turkey)

Past activities and projects

1.       Oxford Roman Economy Project (OxREP), Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (http://www.romaneconomy.ox.ac.uk/)

2.       Editor, ICAZ Newsletter (http://alexandriaarchive.org/icaz/publications-newsletter)

  • Fodder for change: animals, urbanisation, and socio-economic transformation in protohistoric Italy

  • Heading for the hills? A multi-isotope study of sheep management in first millennium BC Italy

    TRENTACOSTE, A, Lightfoot, E, Le Roux, P, Buckley, M, Kansa, SW, Esposito, C, Gleba, M
  • Metabolomics reveals diet-derived plant polyphenols accumulate in physiological bone.

    Alldritt, I, Whitham-Agut, B, Sipin, M, Studholme, J, Trentacoste, A, Tripp, JA, Cappai, MG, Ditchfield, P, Devièse, T, Hedges, REM, McCullagh, JSO
  • The Bountiful Sea: Fish Processing and Consumption in Mediterranean Antiquity

    Trentacoste, A, Nicholson, R, Mylona, D
  • Pre-Roman improvements to agricultural production: Evidence from livestock husbandry in late prehistoric Italy.

    Trentacoste, A, Nieto-Espinet, A, Valenzuela-Lamas, S