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*2005.2: The Archaeology of Late Antique Paganism*
*Leuven* 25-26/11/2005

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KULeuven, Belgium, 25th-26th November 2005

09.00-09.10 Prof. Marc Waelkens (KUL)

Paganism in late antiquity
09.10-09.50 Peter Van Nuffelen (KUL-Exeter)
Eusebius of Caesarea and the concept of paganism.
09.50-10.30 Eberhard Sauer (Edinburgh)
Pagan survival: spring sanctuaries in the late antique world.

10.30-10.50 Discussion

10.50-11.20 Break

Temples in the West
11.20-12.00 Gareth Sears (Birmingham)
The fate of temples in Africa and Cyrenaica
12.00-12.40 Jorge López Quiroga and Artemio Martínez Tejera (Madrid)
The fate of temples in late antique Hispania:
between paganism and Christianity

12.40-13.00 Discussion

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Temples in the East
14.00-14.40 Laurence Foschia (Athens)
The fate of temples in Greece
14.40-15.20 Georgios Deligiannakis (Oxford)
Late paganism on the Aegean Islands and Christianisation
15.20-16.00 Lies Vercauteren and Peter Talloen (KUL)
The fate of temples in Western Asia Minor

16.00-16.20 Break

16.20-16.40 Discussion

Archaeology and Material Culture
16.40-17.20 Peter Talloen (KUL)
Material culture in the East.
17.20-18.00 Prof. Arnold Provoost and Koenraad Demarsin (KUL)
Material culture in the West

18.00-18.20 Discussion


Religious Statues
09.00-09.40 Beatrice Caseau (Paris)
Religious statues in late antiquity:
from veneration to ridicule.
09.40-10.20 Ine Jacobs (KUL)
Production to destruction? Pagan statuary
in Asia Minor during late antiquity.

10.20-10.40 Discussion

10.40-11.10 Break

Religious Statues
11.10-11.50 Luke Lavan (KUL)
The urban function of surviving pagan statues in late antiquity: some thoughts.
11.50-12.30 Georgios Deligiannakis (Oxford)
Christian attitudes towards pagan statuary:
the case of Anastasius from the city of Rhodes.

12.30-13.00 Discussion

13.00-14.30 Reception

All sessions will be held in the Klein Aula, Maria-Theresia College, Hogeschoolplein, Leuven. Admission: 15 Euros / 5 Euros student & unwaged. To reserve a place contact info@lateantiquearchaeology.com or write to LAA2005, Sagalassos Project, Blijde Inkomstraat 21, 3000 Leuven, Belgium, before 20th November. Tea and coffee with be provided. Meals can be bought in the immediate vicinity.

For a list of accommodation in Leuven see www.leuven.be (click on green tourism icon on left of page in your correct language). This includes details of a youth hostel. As a cheap alternative, with single rooms and breakfast, but 4km from the city centre, there is also the Monastery of Paters Oblaten, Pellenbergstraat 160, 3010 Kessel-Lo, which can be booked through Bruder Omer 0486405490 br.omer@skynet.be. Price: 15 euros first night, 10 euros subsequent nights, for single room plus breakfast .

The most useful map of Leuven can be found at www.mappy.com (choose Place 'Leuven', Country 'Belgium' in the map box on the right side of the page, and 'Hogheschoolplein' for Street to see the location of the college, which is on the East side of the square). Zoom out to see the position of the train station and car parks.

Air Travel
With early booking, Leuven can be reached on the conference weekend by air from Madrid & Rome for 100 euros, Dublin 70 Euros, London & Berlin ca. 150 euros, Athens ca. 200 euros (see www.skyscanner.net). Brussels international is the most convenient airport for Leuven, though Charleroi, at around two hours travelling time from Leuven offers many cheap flights.
-If arriving at Brussels international, take a train to Bruxelles Nord/Brussel Noord then to Leuven. Timetables www.sncb.be.
Taxis from the airport to Leuven cost about 50 Euros.
-If arriving at Charleroi, take the shuttle bus to Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid station (NB the bilingual signs), then catch a train from here direct to Leuven (not Louvain la Neuve). For bus details see http://www.charleroi-airport.com/ under 'access', coach transfer. Train timetables: www.sncb.be. Taxis are prohibitively expensive from Charleroi, unless in a group.

Rail travel
With early booking, Leuven can be reached on the conference weekend by rail from Paris for 49 euros, Cologne & Amsterdam ca. 32 Euros (www.thalys.com, tariff smilys), and for around 130 Euros from London www.eurostar.com.
Most international trains will arrive at Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid station (NB the bilingual signs), then catch a train from here direct to Leuven (not Louvain la Neuve). For bus details see http://www.charleroi-airport.com/ under 'access', coach transfer. Train timetables: www.sncb.be.

Arriving by car
For route planning see www.mappy.com. Many streets in the centre of the city are pedestrian streets and no car traffic is allowed there. In addition the car traffic circulation within the ring-road boundaries has been organized in such a way (loops) so as to discourage people to use their car to get from one place to another. Leuven is a small town and it is quite easy and pleasant to walk to the places you want to get to. Thus you would be advised to leave your car in one of the many public parking places and to continue on foot.

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Previous Meetings

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 19th-20th March 2005
Inter-Religious Influences
Claude Lepelley (Paris X) The use of the secularised pagan heritage by Christians
Béatrice Caseau (Paris IV) Transformations of Paganism under the influence of Christianity

The Archaeology of Major Heresies
Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford) Is there an archaeology of Arianism?
Sander Evers (Utrecht) Archaeology, texts and the Donatists.

Samaritans and Non-Conforming Jews
Shimon Dar (Bar Ilan) The Samaritans in late antiquity
Jodi Magness (Chapel Hill) Non-conforming Jews in late antiquity

The 'secular' in Late Antiquity
Claire Sotinel (Tours) The 'secular' in late antiquity

Recent Fieldwork in Spain
Sebastián Rascón Marqués (Alcalá de Henares) Complutum: a Spanish city in late antiquity (with 3D graphics)

Everyday Magic and Syncretic Religious Culture
Arja Karivieri (Stockholm) Magic and syncretic religious culture in the East

Religious Apathy?
Michel Perrin (Paris X) The limits of the heresiological ethos: inter-denominational mixing
Elizabeth Jeffreys (Oxford) and Mark Humphries (Maynooth) Literary genre or religious apathy? the presence and absence of theology and religious thought in late antique secular writing.

Popular Piety
Susanne Bangert (Oxford) Christian popular piety: Abu Mena and beyond
Elias Khamis (Oxford) Popular piety and Islamicisation: material culture at Scythopolis.

Recent Fieldwork in Israel
Zeev Weis (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) Sepphoris in late antiquity: recent research.

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Technology in Transition AD 300-650
Siena, Collegio Santa Chiara, 4th-5th June 2004


Prof. Tiziano Mannoni (Genova)
Continuità e discontinuità nelle tecniche sulla base delle regole della cultura materiale
Building Technology
Dr. Laura Fieni (Milano)
Tecniche costruttive tardoantiche nella Mediolanum capitale dell'impero: il caso della basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore
Prof. Marco Valenti (Siena)
Legno e materiali deperibili nell’edilizia rurale fra VI e VIII secolo
Dr. Ignacio Arce (Madrid)
Umayyad Building Techniques and the Merging of Roman-Byzantine and Parthian-Sasanian Traditions: Continuity and Change
The theory and practice of building
Dr. Isabella Baldini Lippolis (Bologna)
Gli spazi privati nelle città tardoantiche: norme e pratiche della costruzione
Dr. Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani (Roma)
Edilizia pubblica ed edilizia privata a Roma: il cantiere nella tarda antichità
Prof. Enrico Zanini (Siena)
La tecnologia e le idee: gli architetti nel mondo protobizantino
Water supply and machines
Dr. James Crow (Newcastle)
The infrastructures of a great city: water, earth and walls in late antique Constantinople
Dr. Elisabetta Giorgi (Siena)
Tecnologia dell’acqua a Gortina: adduzione, conservazione e distribuzione (IV-VII sec.)
Prof. Michael Lewis (Hull)
Antique engineering in the Byzantine world

Production Technology
Prof. Enrico Giannichedda (Genova)
La produzione metallurgica fra continuità di saperi e modificazioni del consumo
Prof. Lucia Saguì (Roma)
Il vetro, o della continuità: fonti d’approvvigionamento e tecnologia
Prof. Margaret O’ Hea (Adelaide)
Glass technology in the East during Late Antiquity
Prof. Paul Arthur – Dr. Marco Imperiale (Lecce)
Ceramics in transition - cooking and storage wares AD 300-750
Prof. Michel Bonifay (Aix-en-Provence)
La production des céramiques africaines durant l'Antiquité tardive: permanences et mutations
Dr. Luke Lavan (Köln)
Explaining technological change: innovation, stagnation, recession and survival

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 15th-16th May 2004
Artefacts in Religious Space
Béatrice Caseau (Paris)  Furnishing late antique Christian basilicas: the static and the movable
Michel Vincent (Paris)  Ecclesiastical furniture, fixtures and fittings:  the archaeological evidence
Artefacts in Domestic Space
Sauro Gelichi (Venice) The Modena hoards: rural domestic artefact assemblages
Alan Walmsley (Copenhagen) Houses at Pella, Jordan: the domestic destruction deposits Recent
Fieldwork in Asia Minor
Anne-Marie Manière (Paris)  Recent excavations at Xanthos
Mark Waelkens (Leuven)   Late Antique to Early Byzantine Sagalassos
Penelope Allison, Maria Parani and Beatrice Caseau. Texts, pictures or 'the spade that cannot lie'? evaluating sources.
After dinner: the table and its artefacts
Joanita Vroom (East Anglia) The archaeology of late antique dining in the East Mediterranean
20.30-21.00 Ellen Swift (Kent)  Decorated vessels: the function of decoration in Late Antiquity


Understanding finds in context
Toon Putzeys (Leuven) Contextual analysis at Sagalassos
R. R. R. Smith (Oxford)  Statues and their contexts in Late Antiquity:  recent work at Aphrodisias in Caria
Artefacts in Commercial Space
Elias Khamis (Oxford)  The Scythopolis shops: finds in context
Artefacts in Personal Space
12.10-12.50 Maria Parani (Nicosia, Cyprus)  Dress and accessories in Late Antiquity
Artefacts in Military Space
John Conyard (Comitatus Military Re-enactment Group)  Reconstructing the late Roman army (with equipment displays)
Andrew Poulter (Nottingham)  Deconstructing destruction deposits:  finds in context from a late Roman fort in Bulgaria.

Padova, 10 May 2003: Architettura e Potere nell'età di Transizione


9 Maggio

B. Ward-Perkins (Oxford) E l’Impero Romano non ebbe fine. Nuove tendenze storiografiche sulla fine dell’Impero Romano

10 Maggio
J. Arce (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid), "Fonti scritte e fonti materiali nella ricostruzione della struttura sociale tardo antica"

Edilizia religiosa e architettura funeraria
G.P. Brogiolo e E. Possenti (Università degli Studi di Padova), "Le sepolture e i mausolei funerari"
G. Cantino Wataghin (Università del Piemonte Orientale Vercelli), "L'architettura religiosa dell'Italia settentrionale"
 L'edilizia privata tardo antica: casi di studio tra città e campagne
F. Ghedini e S. Bullo (Università degli Studi di Padova), "Le domus tardo romane dell'Africa settentrionale"
A. Chavarria Arnau (IEMAN, Universität Paderborn), "Dopo la fine delle villae: architettura e società nella Hispania visigota"
Figure di potere ed edilizia
L. Lavan (British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara), "I praetoria dei governatori provinciali"
Yuri A. Marano (Università degli Studi di Padova), "Domus in qua episcopus manebat: le residenze episcopali in Italia settentrionale durante la Tarda Antichità"
A. Augenti (Università degli Studi di Bologna, sede di  Ravenna), "Il  Palazzo di Teodorico a Ravenna: nuove acquisizioni"
G. Volpe (Università degli Studi di Foggia), "Nuovi scavi nel complesso episcopale di Canusium"

Oxford 22nd-23rd March 2003:  Social and Political Life in Late Antiquity


Saturday 22nd March

The Archaeology of the Imperial Court
Dr Jonathon Bardill (Newcastle) Constantinian monuments and imperial ideology in the East Roman capital
Prof Alessandra Ricci (Salerno)  Homes and lifestyles of the imperial elite in Byzantine Constantinople
The Archaeology of the Middle Classes
Dr Simon Ellis (Toronto) The middle class in late antiquity: approaches and archaeological problems
Dr Enrico Zanini (Siena) Artisans and shop keepers in the early Byzantine city
The Archaeology of the Poor
Dr Paul Van Ossel (Paris) The rural poor in the late antique West: methodology and practical results
Dr Steve Roskams (York) The urban poor: finding the marginalised
Dr Vusjadin Ivanisevic (Belgrade)  The plain and ordinary at Justiniana Prima: The new excavations of a residential quarter
Current Fieldwork in the Balkans
Adam Gutteridge (Cambridge) Building on the past: recent research on Durres in late antiquity and beyond
Dr Will Bowden (UEA) Butrint: a late antique town and its hinterland
Sunday 23rd March
Social integration and social disintegration
Prof John Haldon (Birmingham)  Conflict, integration and social transformation in the 6th-8th c. East
Julia Hilner (Manchester) New approaches to patronage and property: gift giving and land holding in early medieval Rome
The Archaeology of the Bishop
Dr Luke Lavan (Ankara) From forum to cathedral: the transfer of social and political life
Yuri Marano (Padova) ‘Domus in qua episcopus manebat’: Episcopal residences in northern Italy during Late Antiquity
Dr Haim Goldfus (Ben Gurion) Urban monasteries in late antique Palestine
Roman Ethnicity on the German Frontier: Texts and Archaeology in Conflict?
Dr Peter Heather (Oxford) Frontier provincials and the Roman state c.375-500: the testimony of the texts
Dr Ellen Swift (Canterbury)  Constructing Roman identities in late antiquity: an archaeological perspective

Paris Meeting 25/5/2002

La Campagne de l'Antiquité Tardive: Nouvelles Recherches (Late Antique Archaeology 2002: Paris Meeting) held  at L'Institut d'Art et Archéologie, 3 Rue Michelet, Paris 75006
Villas in Late Antiquity
Lynda Mulvin (University College, Dublin) Une typologie modifée pour les villas de l'époque Romaine tardive dans la region Danube-Balkan
Carla Sfameni (Messina) Late antique villas in Italy - between tradition and innovation
Fabio Saggioro & Giampietro Brogiolo (Padua) Les 'villae' dans l'antiquité tardive en Plaine Padan central: quelques considérations sur les modifications de l'habitat rural. (read by F. Saggioro)
Response by Chris Wickham (Birmingham) and discussion
Rural social structures
Peter Sarris (Cambridge) Les grands domaines, le travail agricole, et la croissance économique dans l'antiquité tardive
Frank Trombley (Cardiff)  Epigraphic data on village institutions:  an interregional comparison (Syria, Arabia and Mauretania)
Current field projects: excavation and survey
Marlia Mango (Oxford)     Les fouilles Anglaises à Androna, Syrie: ces thermes et le débat 'de Polis a Madina'
Andrew Poulter (Nottingham) 'Site specific survey': une nouvelle approche et nouveaux temoins de  pour l'effondrement de l'économie rurale dans l'Antiquité Tardive

Oxford Saturday 23/3- Sunday 24/3/2002:
Late Antique Archaeology 2002: Recent Research on the Late Antique Countryside
Saturday 23rd March

Sacred landscapes of late antiquity
Beatrice Caseau (Paris IV) "Sacred landscapes of late antiquity"
John Mitchell (Norwich)"The archaeology of pilgrimage in late antique Albania"
Monasteries as rural settlements
Beat Brenk (Basel) "Monasteries as rural settlements"
Joseph Patrich (Haifa) "Monasteries as a landscape type"
Landscapes revealed: rural survey in Asia Minor & Cyprus
Douglas Baird (Liverpool) "The Konya Plain in late antiquity and beyond"
Marcus Rautmann (Missouri) "Valley and village in late Roman Cyprus"
Dr  Andrew Poulter (Nottingham) "Can ceramic survey ever write settlement history?  an alternative"
Special lecture
Georges Tate (CNRS) "The Syrian countryside in late antiquity: recent research and new perspectives"

Sunday 24th March
Disaster and death? - De-Romanised landscapes from Britain to the Balkans
Dr Ken Dark (Reading) "The British landscape in late antiquity: AD 300-600"
Dr Etienne Louis (Service Archéologique de Douai) "A de-Romanised landscape in northern Gaul: the Scarpe Valley from the 4th to 9th centuries"
Dr Darja Grosman (Lujblana) & Dr Vince Gaffney (Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit) "Dalmatia from the Roman to dark age periods: new perspectives"
Archie Dunn  (Birmingham)"The southern Balkans and Greece in the seventh and eighth centuries: premature reflections".
New light on the dark age countryside: ceramic gaps and settlement history
Dr Joanita Vroom (Leiden) "Ceramic gaps and settlement history in Greece and western Asia Minor"
Dr Helen Patterson (BSR) "Ceramic gaps and settlement history in dark age Italy"

Rome meeting : 26/5/2001
Late Antique Archaeology 2001:Topographical Studies in  Late Antiquity: Recent Research and Current Perspectives  - Istituto Svedese di Studi Classici, Via Omero 14, 1-00197 Rome

Dr Robert Coates Stephens (Reading UK/ BSR) "Attitudes to spolia in some late antique texts"
Ida leggio (La sapienza) "Valenza del Restauro e del reimpiego nei programmi di rinnovamento edilizio attuati nelle citta> dell'Asia minore tra il iv e vi secolo"
Writing Topography
Luke Lavan (Nottingham UK) "Writing late antique urban topography"
Dr Barbara Polci (BSR) "The transformation of the Roman domus"
Anna Leone (Leicester UK) "Late antique North Africa: production and the changing use of urban buildings"
Current Projects
Dr James Crow and Richard Bayliss (Newcastle upon Tyne) "3-d reconstruction at Constantinople and beyond: practical triumphs and theoretical problems"

Oxford meeting: 17/3/2001- 18/3/2001
Late Antique Archaeology 2001:New Research, Method and Practice Trinity College, Oxford

Saturday 17th March 2001

Ideologies and agendas
Prof Averil Cameron (Oxford) "Ideologies and agendas in late antique studies"
Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford) "Ideologies and agendas in late antique archaeology"
Field methodologies for late antique urbanism
Dr Ken Dark (Reading) "Surveying the second Rome : urban rescue archaeology in Istanbul"
Prof Christopher Ratté (New York) "Strategies for urban research at  Aphrodisias, Turkey"
Guest Session: Current Italian work on late antiquity
Prof Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani (Rome) 'Rome: from the ancient to the medieval city - economy, social structures and urban landscape.'
Prof Gisella Cantino Wataghin (Vercelli) "Christian topography in the late antique town: recent results and open questions"
Dr  Enrico Zanini (Siena) "The dark side of the Mediterranean: Byzantine archaeology and late antique studies" (Debate)
Dr Enrico Zanini (Siena) "New towns in the age of Justinian"

Sunday 18th March 2001

The late antique economy: method and practice

Dr Sean Kingsley (Oxford) "Late antique trade: research methodologies and field practice" *
Dr Richard Reece (London) "Coins finds and the late Roman economy"
Decline and fall? studying long term change
Dr Mark Whittow (Oxford) "Studying long term change in the East"
Prof Chris Wickham (Birmingham) "Studying long term change in the West"
The archaeology of social structure
Dr William Bowden (East Anglia) "Marx, Engels and Skanderbeg: Theoretical approaches to
post-Roman Albania "
Prof Jean-Pierre Sodini (Paris) "Archaeology and social structures"

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About the Series

Late Antique Archaeology is organised by Luke Lavan (KULeuven). Sessions held in the UK and at one other location abroad, each year. The primary aim of this conference series is provide a focus for late antique archaeology  in this country and abroad where established academics and graduate students can come together to produce new work on broad  themes relating to late antique society - such as settlement, economy and technology. The title Late Antique Archaeology does not seek to exclude  contributions by historians but only to identify with scholars interested in broad characterisations of society, more common in archaeology than history. The theme of the conference will rotate each year through major themes of historical research: settlement, economy, technology, social and political structure.
It is a secondary aim of the series to provide cheap access for graduate students to high quality international speakers. For this reason admission charges are kept as low as possible and the permanent venue is at Oxford, where there is probably the largest concentration of students and late antique scholars in the UK.
This year the full title of the conference will be 'Late Antique Archaeology: Discovery, Method and Practice'. Essentially this is a light consideration of "Theory", focused on practical issues of historical reconstruction rather than as abstract philosophy. The aim of the conference will be to attempt to bring together British theoretical reflection on the practice of history writing and data collection with the mainstream research agenda and the  abundant evidence of the Mediterranean. There has been a considerable amount of theoretical reflection by scholars working largely on  Roman Britain, that has been inspired by methdological developments in prehistory. However, this work has stayed largely outside the mainstream of Mediterranean scholarship, which has  retained very traditional methodological approaches. The first session will be designed to provide a theoretical foundation for later work and for the crossfertilisation of basic ideas.
Meetings of the conference will be held annually at the University of Oxford, over a weekend, and at venue outside the UK, for a single day conference. It is hoped that the international venue will rotate between Rome and Paris

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Notes for Contributors

Late Antique Archaeology is to be published annually by Brill, based on papers given at the conference series of the same title, which meets annually in Oxford and at one venue outside the UK.Contributions generally aim to present broad syntheses on topics relating to the year's theme, discussions of key issues, or try to provide summaries of relevant new fieldwork. Although papers from the conference meetings will form the core of each volume, relevant articles, especially syntheses, are welcome from other scholars. All papers are subject to approval by two referees.
For a copy of the notes for contributors in Word 6.0 (PC format) please click here.

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford hosts the annual weekend conference. It  provides the use of lecture theatres, cheap accommodation and access to reasonably-priced food and drink.

Sponsors 2001

The British Academy - The Craven Fund Committee  - The Oxford Byzantine Studies Committee


CLICK HERE for Introductory bibliography on Late Antique Urbanism,


Related organisations

University of Oxford  - Oxford Byzantine Society - Late Antiquity Research Group (LARG) - SocietyforLateAntiquity (US) - SPBS - OxfordByzSoc- USAByzStudConf -


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