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Shopping, Eating, And Drinking At Dura-Europos: Reconstructing Contexts

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The site of Dura-Europos, excavated in the 1920s and 30s but never completely published, has long been of archaeological interest for its exceptional reservation. This chapter discusses the original identifications of the excavators of houses and shops. It explores what can be learned about commercial buildings at the site from the re-contextualisation of artefacts, and examines how this information can add to our understanding of life at Dura. At Dura, virtually any room which opens directly on the street has been identified as a ?shop? by the original excavators. No public drinking places were described by the Yale expedition despite the detailed volume which was published on the agora, although they did observe what they identified as several wine shops. Dura-Europos is a wellknown site, but it is hoped this contribution shows that much remains to be learned of it.

Keywords: agora; artefacts; commercial buildings; drinking places; Dura-Europos; excavators; Yale expedition



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