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Productive Space In Late Antiquity

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This chapter concentrates on evidence for space involved in the preparation of raw materials and for large-scale manufacturing. Such activities normally took place in districts where raw materials were found, or in separate industrial quarters on the outskirts of the city. Oil and wine production is well-attested for Late Antiquity, especially in the Near East The best example of a garum production centre, which remained in use till the second half of the 5th c. A.D., is once more to be found at Barcelona. The 3rd c. saw a cessation of much of the Early Imperial marble exploitation of coloured marbles. Nevertheless, some of the main quarries remained in use during Late Antiquity. Construction sites represent a type of ?workshop? that is often ignored. Evidence for watermills in Antiquity is both structural and textual, drawing especially on Vitruvius.

Keywords: garum production; Late Antiquity; Near East; watermills; wine production



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