Chapter 11. The Archaeological Record: Problems of Interpretation

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Olof Brandt Secretary Chair Christian Architecture

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch11

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Brandt, O. (2009) The Archaeological Record: Problems of Interpretation, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch11

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Istituto Pontificio di Archeologia Cristiana, Rome, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • archaeological record - interpretation problems;
  • Christian archaeology inspiring Christian renewal and ressourcement;
  • understanding archaeology as a way of writing history;
  • classical and late antique archaeologists - stratigraphic method discussed with passion in Great Britain and Italy;
  • pottery and end of antiquity;
  • religion in the late antique city;
  • The Roman Tituli;
  • architecture and symbolism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Classical, Christian, and Late Antique Archaeology

  • Modern Method: Archaeology as History

  • Analysis and Synthesis

  • Example 1: Pottery and the End of Antiquity

  • Example 2: Religion in the Late Antique City

  • Example 3: The Roman Tituli

  • Example 4: Architecture and Symbolism

  • Bibliographical Note