This paper sets out to explore the relationship between excavated evidence of dining rooms and table utensils, and changing dining habits in Late Antiquity. In the first part the emphasis is on pictorial representations of dining scenes from the 5th and 6th c. A.D. The second part of the paper examines the archaeological evidence and its relationship to these scenes. On the basis of this evidence, it is not only possible to discuss in detail the architectural layout of the dining room together with its furniture and textiles, but also to give a description of the actual objects (in silver, metal, pottery, glass and in other materials) used on the dining table.
This paper attempts to compare the late antique finds of two different archaeological projects in the eastern Mediterranean. One of these projects is an excavation of a coastal site in south-western Turkey, and the other project is a regional survey of a rural area in central Greece. An effort is made to look at the relative quantities and types of fine wares, amphorae and cooking wares from both projects, with the aim of contributing to the understanding of the settlement history of the sites and the patterns of exchange in which they were involved.