One salient attribute of scholars engaged in Late Ancient Studies has been an overall openness to inter- and multidisciplinarity. Not only has this attitude helped us ask new questions about our sources and view them from a range of perspectives, it has also dramatically expanded our ability to contextualize and so understand them. For example, historians have become more interested in and more proficient in navigating archaeological site reports as well as thinking about the way in which place shapes and informs lived experience. On the archaeological side, an explosion of new scientific technologies has allowed scholars to understand the nodal character of places better by discerning more and more precisely the origins and content of the objects they discover. This issue of SLA features four studies that seriously consider place as a locus of interaction and as an environment that impinges on bodies, dramatically affecting the way in which...
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Elizabeth DePalma Digeser; Considering Context. Studies in Late Antiquity 1 December 2019; 3 (4): 473–474. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/sla.2019.3.4.473
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