Exploring Catacombs through Social Networks

The Archeological Institute of America presents a lectue by Jenny Kreiger of the University of Oregon.

The large subterranean cemeteries that grew up around Rome and other cities in late antiquity are fertile grounds for the study of social interaction. Between the third and fifth centuries, several hundred thousand people were buried in the Roman catacombs, and many more interacted with these sites as visitors or workers. Despite the potential wealth of evidence for social interaction in catacombs, questions still remain about the people who worked there and how they managed these sites. Social network analysis offers one way to approach this problem. In this lecture, Dr. Jenny Kreiger will examine fossores, a type of catacomb gravedigger, and consider how social network analysis can help us understand the roles these workers may have played in managing large and complex cemeteries. 

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Reed College classics department and Dean of the Faculty office and the Archeological Institute of America.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:00pm

Psychology, 105
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Staff



Dean of the Faculty, Classics
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