The fortunes of the urban fabric of the Roman West are a subject of perennial debate and re-evaluation. In particular, over the course of the 3rd century, the economic, religious, political, and social roles of cities changed markedly. Their fate provokes questions that require careful consideration of archaeological and historical methods, theory, and a variety of forms of evidence. This talk will use recent and ongoing excavation at the Roman city of Los Bañales and surrounding cities in northern Spain as a touchstone to introduce these issues in context and to explore future avenues for investigation.
Kilian Mallon is a 6th year PhD candidate in Classical Archaeology at Stanford. He works on the economic and religious history of the late Roman world and is currently excavating at the site of Los Bañales in northern Spain.
This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served at 12:15pm. Talk begins at 12:30pm.