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Distinctive Field Methods for Late Antiquity: Some Suggestions

Lavan, Luke A. (2012) Distinctive Field Methods for Late Antiquity: Some Suggestions. Late Antique Archaeology, 9 (1). pp. 51-90. ISSN 1570-6893. E-ISSN 2213-4522. (doi:10.1163/22134522-12340005) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Abstract Our understanding of late antique archaeology has now reached a point where it is possible to suggest specific field methods better adapted to the material evidence and historical problems of the period, at least for urban archaeology. We need to be more sensitive to patterns of evidential survival that are particular to this era, and especially to engage with the evidential traces provided by patterns of reuse, and by the slight relaxation of civic rules seen in the period. If we focus on stone surface archaeology, study spolia contexts, behavioural epigraphy, small-scale repairs and decorative traces, then we can obtain a great deal of information from poorly excavated sites which were previously considered archaeologically barren. This may, perhaps, reveal the futility of clearance archaeology, which is still being practised on some eastern sites.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/22134522-12340005
Uncontrolled keywords: Classical Studies
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Jacqui Martlew
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2015 12:54 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53363 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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