Author(s): Pérez González, Jordi – Pons Pujol, Lluís (Universitat de Barcelona)
It has already been more than a decade since Lluís Pons defended his doctoral thesis (2003), where he dealt with the economy of the province, with a particular focus on the peculiarities of the food supply of the province (imports and exports of olive oil, wine and salted fish). Ever since, both the scientific production of the province, with the inclusion of new data, as well as the progress in the different methods of analysis, allows us to approach the subject again, redefining some aspects of the economic and social history of the Mauretania.
To know the distribution of food between Mauretania and the rest of Roman provinces we have used the study of ceramic contain-ers. In this sense, the analysis of the stamped amphorae allows us to know the provenance and the estimated date of the contained foods, basic to examine the different dynamics to which the province was subject. For current research, the distribution of stamps throughout the European space is the fundamental element that allows trade networks to be established between Baetica and other regions of the Roman Empire. We must not forget that the epigraphy of the province represents a small percentage of all the amphoric material known in the Roman Empire.
In order to carry out the following analyzes, we have used the information collected in the CEIPAC online database. In this sense, the incorporation of novel methods of analysis that allow us to approach the data from a new point of view is of interest.