• ROMARCH: Late Antique Archaeology Conference, 17 March 2018, Birkbeck College, University of London

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    The Late Antique Archaeology conference reviews the state of late antique funerary practices, on a thematic basis, from scientific examinations of skeletons and their DNA, to treatments of the deceased body, to the nature of memorial structures and how they were treated over time.

    SCHEDULE:

    (A) DEMOGRAPHY

    (i) OSTEOLOGY: LATE ANTIQUE LIVES FROM BONES

    09.45-10.45 Flavio de Angelis (Sop. Arch. Di Roma) and Andrea Battistini (Sop. Arch. Di Roma) Lives from Bones: Anthropological Evaluation in the City of Rome

    (ii) BIOMOLECULES IN LATE ANTIQUITY (ISOTOPES, DIET, MIGRATION, EPIDEMIC, ENDEMIC DISEASE)

    11.00-11.30 Alexandra Chavarria (Padova) Northern Italy

    11.30-12.00 Mathew Emery (McMaster) Southern Italy (via Skype)

     

    (B) RITUALS AND IDENTITIES: DEATH RITUALS AND TREATMENT OF THE BODY

    12.15-12.45 Rhea Brettell (Bradford) Organic residues from mortuary contexts (Britain).

    12.45-13.15 Thibaut Devièse (Oxford) Colourants and dyes

    Respondant: Béatrice Caseau (Paris IV) Treatment of the body: Ointments and perfumes

     

    (C) COMMEMORATION, MONUMENTS, FUNERARY TOPOGRAPHY

    (i) MEMORIALS – LATE ANTIQUE COMMEMORATION,

    14.00-14.30 Zsolt Magyar (?Budapest) Mausolea in Pannonia

    14.30-15.00 Chris Sparey-Green (Kent) Mausolea in NW Europe

    (ii) SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS OF DEAD TO LIVING

    15.15-15.45 Judit Ciurana Prast (Barcelona) Funerary Landscapes of Catalonia

    15.45-16.15 Efthymios Rizos (Oxford) Christian elite burials in Anatolia / Constantinople & the cult of relics

    (iii) MEMORIAL AND OBLIVION: SPOLIA AND ATTITUDES TO TOMBS

    16.30-16.45 Luke Lavan (Kent) Spolia and the archaeology of memory

    16.45-17.15 Douglas Underwood (Kent) City walls and tomb destruction (Skype)

    17.15-17.45 Nick Mishkovsky (Kent) City walls and tomb preservation

    17.45-18.00 Conclusion.

     

    Date: Saturday, 17 March, 2018

    All are welcome. Admission 25 GBP, 10 GBP Students.

    Registration is via Eventbrite: https://laaburial2018.eventbrite.co.uk

    Venue: Room 421 inside Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX. Metro: Russell Square.

    Conveners: L.Lavan/M.Mulryan (Kent) T.Penn (Edin.) R,Darley (Birkbeck).

    Sponsors: University of Kent, Birkbeck (University of London), J.Beale, Brill.

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