IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 202: Approaching Late Antiquity from the Periphery

Monday 7 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Michael Garcia, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 202-bThe Transformation of Cities at the End of the Roman World: Britannia and Hispania under Comparison
(Language: English)
Meritxell Pérez Martínez, Departament d'Història i Història de l'Art, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 202-cRupture and Continuity in Late Antique Britain
(Language: English)
David Petts, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - General

This session will explore some of the main issues of ‘Late Antiquity’ from alternative perspectives. Paper b will look at the continuity of religious sites before and after the conversion to Christianity. Paper c will show that by decoupling ‘Late Antiquity’ from ‘continuity’ we can start to develop a more nuanced understanding of the cultural identity of western Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries by comparing northwest Wales and Somerset. The aim of this session is to contribute to the continuing debate about Late Antiquity in the Western Roman Empire.