U of T archaeologist goes underwater to study ancient trade routes in Cyprus

by Luke Higgins

FULTON, AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HISTORICAL STUDIES AT U OF T MISSISSAUGA, RECENTLY COMPLETED THE FIRST SEASON OF FIELD WORK IN A THREE-YEAR STUDY OF AN ANCIENT MARINE SITE OFF THE COAST OF CYPRUS.

Fulton and her five-member research team conducted daily dives in the Mediterranean Sea, searching for signs of ancient trade routes.

Fulton studies trade networks in the ancient world, focusing on the Mediterranean region from the late Bronze Age to the early Roman period between 300 BC and 300 CE. “I’m thinking about that transition in history and how movement of material objects reflects those transitions,” says Fulton. “In particular, I’m curious about how we can look at cultural interactions by studying how objects were moved, and how cultural ideas were embedded and changed as objects moved across different regions.”

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