Dr Luke Lavan interviewed by Past Horizons
19th July 2012
A new archaeological research project at the University of Kent, will reconstruct urban life in cities such as Constantinople during a period of history that has long remained hidden from view.
Reconstructions of daily life in ancient Roman cities such as Pompeii are plentiful, thanks to centuries of archaeological research. But that is not the case for the later Roman or late antique period (AD 300-650) that saw the long transition from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages.
This is set to change now thanks to a three-year project called Visualising the Late Antique City that will see the Universitys Dr Luke Lavan, a lecturer in archaeology, leading a team studying artwork, excavated artefacts and the ruins of ancient cities from around the Mediterranean. Although Constantinople is now obscured by modern development within what is now Istanbul, other sites in Turkey, Tunisia, and Italy are expected to reveal much of the urban landscape of the period.
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