IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1737: The Lives of Others: Tracing Differing Social Classes in the Archaeological Record

Thursday 6 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Durham University
Organisers:Paschalis Makrogiannelis, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Panayiotis Panayides, Independent Scholar, Nicosia
Moderator/Chair:James Corke-Webster, Department of Classics & Ancient History, Durham University
Paper 1737-aEncroachment, 'Squatters', and Artisanal Activities in Late Antique Cyprus
(Language: English)
Panayiotis Panayides, Independent Scholar, Nicosia
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - General, Architecture - Secular
Paper 1737-bThe Bread of Life: Ovens as Indicators of Displaced Populations on 7th-Century Cyprus
(Language: English)
Stephen Humphreys, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Byzantine Studies, Daily Life
Paper 1737-cPrivate Art Assemblages in Late Antique Northern Peloponnese through the Prism of Changing Economic Realities and Social Stratification
(Language: English)
Paschalis Makrogiannelis, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - Secular, Art History - Decorative Arts, Economics - General
Abstract

The lives of the upper social classes are often detected archaeologically through their luxurious residences, their wealthy implements that survived in time. The aim of this session is to explore the lives of others, groups or minorities that ranked lower in the social hierarchy, in the eastern Mediterranean during Late Antiquity. By elaborating on the presence of art in private premises, on evidence of changing living or working conditions in successive settings, and on the existence of poorly made bread ovens within Christian sanctuaries, the papers attempt to trace differing social classes and their attitudes in the archaeological record; at the same time, the ambiguity of archaeological recording is acknowledged.