WOOSTER — R. Scott Moore, professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will present "Trade and Commerce on Cyprus in the Roman Period" on Thursday, Oct. 19, at The College of Wooster. Moore’s lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception with beverages and snacks will follow the presentation in the foyer outside the lecture room.

The island of Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean and was ideally situated as both a destination and waypoint for trading vessels operating in that part of the sea in the Roman period (100 BC-AD 500). Archaeological work on the island over the last 50 years has uncovered a range of ceramics from imported fine wares used for eating and drinking, to amphorae for transporting wine, oil, and fish sauce, to locally produced pottery for various uses. A closer examination of the Roman and Later Roman ceramics present on the island allows for a more refined view of the circulation of pottery on the island. It is now possible to discern the patterning of micro-regions within Cyprus by modeling the circulation pattern of pottery imported to and produced on the island. The ceramics reflect the intricate pattern of ancient commerce on Cyprus and in the eastern Mediterranean. The large quantities of pottery reveal a great deal about the Roman economy at both the local and international levels.

Moore’s lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha (national honorary society in anthropology).