Elisa Grassi

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Università cattolica del sacro Cuore, Milano

Paper title: Trades, productions, cults. Late ancient lamps from Milan as evidence of economical and religious changes.

Short CV:
Elisa Grassi was born in Milan (Italy) in 1976.
Her research focuses on ancient material culture, mainly regarding Roman pottery and metals, and archaeometallurgy.
She graduated in Classics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan with a dissertation on Roman pottey lamps; she took a Postgraduate Degree in Roman Archaeology, and earned her PhD in Archaeology (Roman metal production and metalworking) at the same University. She also studied at University College London (affiliate student at the MA in Artefacts Studies) and in 2007 was granted a Marie Curie EST fellowship at University College London.
She is a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Hierapolis (Turkey) and Italian Archaeological Mission in Malta.
Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Archaeological Methods and Theory at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, and lectures seminars for BA (Greek and Roman Archaeology and Art History) and postgraduate courses (Archaeology of production; Methods and Didactic of Ancient Art History).


Recent archaeological excavations in Milan -within or immediately outside the Roman walls- yielded only a small amount of late ancient lamps. In particular, African red slip lamps are scarcer than expected. Yet, the few finds are interesting and provide significant information regarding the city’s life and economy during this much troubled period. Indeed, the finds – as well as their absence – bear evidence of the trade routes, productions, and even cult practices af late ancient Milan, and can be interestingly linked to the historical events affecting the city. The contribution will take into specifically account the finds from two meaningful sites: the area of the Cathedral, and that close to St. Ambrose church and its cemetery.