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The Archaeology Of Late Antique Dining Habits In The Eastern Mediterranean: A Preliminary Study Of The Evidence

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This chapter explores the relationship between excavated evidence of dining rooms and table utensils, and changing dining habits in Late Antiquity. It discusses the emphasis is on pictorial representations of dining scenes from the 5th and 6th c. A.D. The chapter examines the archaeological evidence and its relationship to these scenes. It also discusses the architectural layout of the dining room together with its furniture and textiles. The majority of the material discussed originates from excavations in the eastern Mediterranean and a few finds from Italy. A large number of late antique hoards from the late 4th and 5th c. give a clear picture of the silver vessels used in this period. During Late Antiquity the use of non-precious metal is fairly widespread for a variety of objects found in both domestic and ecclesiastic contexts. The use of cutlery seems to be limited.

Keywords: cutlery; dining habits; dining rooms; eastern Mediterranean; Late Antiquity; non-precious metal; silver vessels; table utensils



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