I would like to thank Penelope Allison and Martin Pitts for their invitation to participate in the 'Big Data on the Roman Table' network and for their helpful and insightful comments on this article. I would also like to thank Tyr Fothergill, Maria Gatto, and Mark Gillings for reading and commenting on parts or all of this article. I am also very grateful to Penelope Allison for sharing and discussing the Vetera I dataset and to Steve Willis for discussing the 'Samian Pottery from Roman Britain' dataset.


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