Elizabeth Murphy

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Elizabeth Murphy is a doctoral candidate at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University. Her dissertation research explores the diversity of workshop expressions from the Roman and late Roman periods (1st – 6th c. AD) in the eastern Mediterranean and unravels how diversity is represented in production organization and production practice, what this diversity actually means in social and economic terms, and how it is situated into larger social and economic constellations. In addition, blending archaeological social theory with economic theory, her work also attempts, not only to better understand social and economic happenings within Roman workplaces, but also to demonstrate that the ‘social’ and the ‘economic’ are inseparable within such a setting. At Sagalassos, she is studying workshops and production sites in the eastern suburbium.