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Demand for prestige materials, primarily from major imperially-funded projects but also from locally-funded schemes all around the Roman world, put enormous pressure on the producers of raw materials and, especially, transporters. Big buildings demanded big materials and this had an impact on the infrastructure through which these materials were used and the means of transport employed. But the fashion for stone construction more generally also meant that vast quantities of this material were moved overseas throughout the Roman period. As Knoop and Jones have remarked, in a study on stoneworking in the Middle Ages: ‘apart from the selection of suitable stone, probably the most important problem in connection with the supply of building materials was that of carriage.’1 In this short paper I will consider what the shipwreck evidence reveals about the dynamics of this traffic, focusing on cargoes both big and small, and what they reveal about the commercial mechanisms behind them.
|Title of host publication||Building BIG - Constructing Economies: From Design to Long-Term Impact of Large Scale Building Project. Panel 3.6 (Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World - Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Cologne/Bonn 2018)|
|Editors||Jari Pakkanen, Ann Brysbaert|
|Place of Publication||Heidelberg|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Dec 2021|
|Event||19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology - https://www.aiac2018.de/, Cologne/Bonn, Germany|
Duration: 22 May 2018 → 26 May 2018
|Name||Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology|
|Conference||19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology|
|Period||22/05/18 → 26/05/18|
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19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology
Benjamin Russell (Speaker)25 May 2018
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