Workshop 1 draft programme

Big Data on the Roman Table

AHRC Research Network


College Court Conference Centre and Hotel, Leicester (26th-27th September 2015)

Organisers: Pim Allison and Martin Pitts

All presentations 10-15 minutes, to address papers posted on on-line forum, followed by 15-20 min discussion. (NB. The organisation of presentations below is provisional and may change.)

Day 0 (Friday 25th Sept):

(Registration information will be available at College Court reception from c. 6 pm for those staying Friday night.)

19.00 – DINNER


Day 1: Current approaches to table wares and consumption practice

8.30 – 9.15: Registration. Arrival tea/coffee.

Morning sessions

Current practices and challenges: describing and visualising artefacts and artefact assemblages to characterise consumption practice; dealing with legacy data; comparisons with other archaeological foodways analyses; challenges and potential for analysis and visualisation

9.15 – 9.20: Pim Allison and Martin Pitts, Welcome to Workshop 1, organisation and house-keeping

9.20 – 9.45: Pim Allison Introduction to workshop themes using own case studies

9.45 – 10.15: Stephanie Ratto, and Alessandro Quercia - Eating and drinking on the boundaries of Italia

10.15 – 10.45: Nick Cooper and Liz Johnson– Eating in and eating out in Roman Leicester

10.45 – 11.15:  TEA/COFFEE BREAK

11.15 – 11.45:  Michael Marshall and Fiona Seeley - Dinner with the neighbours? Issues with characterising, comparing and synthesising site assemblages from Roman London

11.45 – 12.15: Beccy Jones and David Breeze- Brief flirtations in time: studying rich but short-lived military interludes

12.15 – 12.45: Benjamin P. Luley - Investigating Changing Consumption Patterns through Ceramic Data: The Perspective from Roman Mediterranean France

12.45 – 14.00: LUNCH

Afternoon sessions

Conceptual concerns: determining vessel function(s) linked to social practices; studying consumption via deposition; differentiating choice from overarching supply patterns; beyond quantification: analysing vessel size, colour, and use-wear

14.00 – 14.30: Laura Banducci Multi-functionality in Roman ceramics

14.30 – 15.00: Luana Toniolo and Laura D'Esposito –  Digging in the Pompeian storerooms: foodways and consumption patterns through legacy data

15.00 – 15.30: Edward Biddulph – Worth making a meal of: Why quantifying Roman pottery matters

15.30 – 16.00: TEA/COFFEE BREAK

16.00–16.30: Xavier DeruStudying function for Roman pottery: some remarks

16.30–17.00:  Allard Mees and Geoffrey Dannell – Before it gets on the table

17.00–17.30:  Emilio Tuosto, et al.On ontological data representation

17.30–18.00: Round up discussion for the day, highlighting themes that have emerged and need addressing

18.00 – 19.00 Drinks reception (College Court bar)

19.00: DINNER


Day 2: New or specialist approaches: analysis and visualisation

8.30 – 9.00 Arrival tea/coffee

Morning sessions

Innovative techniques and analyses: working between different scales of analysis; bespoke quantitative analyses for extracting consumption-related patterns; bespoke spatial analyses for extracting consumption-related patterns; challenges and potential of analysis and visualisation

9.00– 9.30: Martin Pitts - Table ware suites and shifting analytical scales: from micro to macro

9.30–10.00: Jesús BermejoDomestic production and consumption patterns in the Roman rural settlement of the Madrillian Region (Central Spain) [via Skype]

10.00–10.30: Rien Polak and Ryan Niemeijer – Quantitative and spatial analysis of tableware from the canabae legionis at Nijmegen (NL)

10.30 - 11.00:  TEA/COFFEE BREAK

11.00–11.30: Rinse Willet – Asia Minor assemblages, differences in types/shapes between western seaboard and other sites, Sagalassos as producer – using range of visualisation methods

11.30 - 12.00:  Martin SterryDeveloping a method for a spatial correspondence analysis.

12.00–12.30: Jeremy Levesley Data interpretation techniques

12.30 – 13.30: LUNCH

Afternoon session

Ways forward: Useful new collation, analytical and visualisation methods; approaches to best practice

13.30-15.30: Discussion led by Prof. David Mattingly – based around questions arising from online forum and from workshop presentations and discussions to:

  • highlight main themes
  • discuss key issues for development of guidelines
  • identify topics for Workshop 2

15.30-16.00: TEA/COFFEE  and Close of Workshop

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