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Workshops and Industry in the Late Antique City: Negotiating New Workspaces

Lecture by Visiting Professor Elizabeth Murphy (Florida State University). Lecture 3/5 in the lecture series "Socially Re-Constructing the Late Roman City: Labor, Networks, Economy, and Narratives of Urban 'Decline'".

2020.07.02 | Lasse Rievers Olesen

Date Tue 27 Oct
Time 13:00 14:00
Location Moesgaard Museum, Moesgård Allé 15, 8270 Højbjerg, 4240-301

Entrance to Moesgaard Museum conference rooms.

Registration for the livestream

The lecture will also be livestreamed using Zoom. If you wish to participate in Zoom, please sign up by contacting Centre administrator Christina Levisen at levisen@cas.au.dk to get the necessary ID and password - please provide your full name and affiliation. Please turn off your camera and microphone when you are joining in on Zoom.

Registration deadline: 26 October 12:00.

OBS: The ID and password will be used for the entire lecture series so it is only necessary to sign up once.


As economic spaces, workshops are designed to facilitate patterns of productive activity; as work spaces, they serve to structure social interaction and hierarchies among workers. However, when workshops come to occupy buildings that were designed for very different purposes, how do we understand the architectural re-negotiation of these spaces, as well as the labor specialization and production organization that is sustained therein? Rather than viewing these contexts as simply ‘squatter’ occupations, this lecture interrogates the archaeological record of these sites, both as economically organized worksites and as working places of tradespeople.

History and archaeology, Lecture/talk