Workshop: New perspectives on late antique recycling
Large quantities of material produced in the Roman world were used several times (recycling), and ended up as spolia in late antique buildings and monuments, including new building types such as churches and city walls.
The use of spolia in Late Antiquity has been a subject of longstanding inquiry, though recent years have seen a resurgence of academic interest in the subject. The practice of recycling also closely relates to the fate of cities during Late Antiquity. The role of spolia is important for our understanding of the transformation of the urban fabric of ancient cities towards the end of Antiquity and the associated gradual ruin and dismantling of no-longer used monuments.
This workshop brings together researchers and scholars to address questions about the role of recycling and spolia in Late Antiquity, with the aim of providing a more coherent understanding of the cultural changes that characterized late-antique recycling.
Topics under consideration will include the re-use of late-antique statues within the period of Late Antiquity, re-carving of private portraits (especially female portraits, which have often been neglected), the evolution of recycling practices over the course of the 3rd century AD to examine the beginnings of "late-antique" recycling developments, the treatment of spolia in city walls, recycling practices on a city-wide level, and a consideration of how spolia-monuments should be defined and characterized. Workshop programme.