19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology Cologne/Bonn, 22–26 May 2018
The congress, organised every five years by the Associazone Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC), provides the most important platform of exchange for all disciplines that deal with Greco-Roman civilization and their neighbouring cultures from the Aegean Bronze Age to the end of Late Antiquity.
Research on ancient economy has long played a significant role in ancient history. Increasingly in the last decades, awareness has grown in archaeology that especially the material culture of ancient societies offers excellent approaches for the study of structure, performance and dynamics of ancient economic systems and economic processes.
The objective of this congress was to understand economy as a central element of classical societies and analyse its mutual interaction with current geographical, political, social, religious and cultural backgrounds. The theme of the congress was therefore addressed to all disciplines of classical archaeology and related sciences. For more information, please refer to the program of the 19th ICCA 2018. A detailed schedule of the entire technical program can be found here:
- The human factor: demography, nutrition, health, epidemics
- The impact of natural environmental factors on ancient economy: climate, landscape
- Systems of production: land use, industry, technology, artistic production
- System of extraction: mining, pollution, technology
- Distribution: trade and exchange, monetarization, credit, networks, transport, infrastructure (e.g. ports)
- Consumption: daily and luxury consumption, conspicuous consumption, waste, recycling, diet
- Economy of cult: investment, religious and ritual consumption, economics of death
- The role of the city in the ancient economy: urban infrastructure, relations between town and country
- The military economy at war and peace
- Economy of knowledge: education, innovation, literacy
- Methodology: survey archaeology, natural sciences, quantification
- Other topics outside the main theme of the conference are open to suggestions