Heather Madsen ’24

Major

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title

Religious Environments in Roman Britain

Presentation Link

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Certificate(s): Archaeology, Environmental Studies

Through my internship, I gleaned a background in ancient Roman archaeology and culture. We began by reading work on Roman Britain by British archaeologist Miranda Aldhouse-Green so as to establish a foundation of religious and funerary practices and customs. We then proceeded to categorize religious sites mined from the text, supplementing them with more found online. Once we had a large base of data in the online database Airtable, we embarked on independent research. I studied the health implications of Rome’s dependency on lead in Britain and, in particular, how water and aquatic cults intensified the epidemic of lead poisoning in the ancient world.



Internship Year

2021

Project Category

Urban Systems and Planning for a Sustainable Future

Organization(s)

Kay Research Group, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

Mentor(s)

Janet Kay, Associate Research Scholar, Art and Archaeology