Session 1: Entanglement, Material Culture and Written Sources in Dialogue

Both archaeological records and written sources have provided a wealth of information about the everyday life of ancient societies: from daily goods and tools to luxury goods, they represent the habits and the needs of the persons who produced and used them. The context in which they were found or used, spatial and functional analysis, or the study of their changes through time can all provide detailed information about the life of such objects. The session is the ideal platform for researches that approach the study of written sources in relation to the archaeological record: a communication between the epigraphic and archaeological records as a form of entanglement between two complementary sources of information. This relationship pertains equally to contexts of daily life as well as wider economic and institutional systems. While each of the traditional isolated approaches contributes its own perspective to the notion of social entanglement, this session is meant to bridge the gap between these various methods.