19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology
Thank you very much for your numerous coming. It was a pleasure for us to welcome you here in Cologne and Bonn.
Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World
The congress, organised every five years by the Associazone Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC), provides the most important platform of exchange for all disciplines that deal with Greco-Roman civilization and their neighbouring cultures from the Aegean Bronze Age to the end of Late Antiquity.
The 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology 2018 was focusing on the primary theme "Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World". In fact, economic aspects permeate all areas of public and private life in ancient societies, whether in urban development, in religion or art, in housing or in death.
Research on ancient economy has long played a significant role in ancient history. Increasingly in the last decades, awareness has grown in archaeology that especially the material culture of ancient societies offers excellent approaches for the study of structure, performance and dynamics of ancient economic systems and economic processes.
The objective of this congress was to understand economy as a central element of classical societies and analyse its mutual interaction with current geographical, political, social, religious and cultural backgrounds. The theme of the congress was therefore addressed to all disciplines of classical archaeology and related sciences.