Urban Artefact Assemblages

This thesis will study the everyday arrangement and use of artefacts within selected urban settings, especially drawing on the rich occupation deposits revealed by Eastern excavations, which have had little synthetic or critical treatment. The student will reconstruct theoretical groups of objects for shops, houses and ordinary churches, and try to establish the functional connections between objects (their use). This will allow us to ‘furnish’ architectural illustrations and understand behaviour in each setting. The study will consider object groups from published occupation deposits, as well as those in depictions, inventories, and groups hypothesised from functional artefact studies. These sources will be both analysed on their own terms and compared for their value for studying object use in churches, houses and shops. Although the topic seems vast, the sources limit inquiry: for shops, we can so far only reconstruct object groups for restaurants, metal workshops, glassblowers and cloth-dyers.

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