The Archaeology of Food

19 July 2019 - Chemistry

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event is not able to proceed on the original date of Thursday 20 June and will now be held on Friday 19 July. The University of Canterbury sincerely apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. If you already have tickets and are no longer able to attend, please cancel your tickets via Eventbrite, or contact the Teece Museum directly via email ( or phone (03 369 5025, extension 95025).

Explore the archaeology of food from two contrasting perspectives, ancient Rome and 19th century New Zealand.

University of Canterbury Associate Professor in Classics Alison Griffith is a specialist in Roman urban environments and Roman religion and cults. She will look at the remains of ancient cafes (popinae), bars (tabernae), inns (cauponae), and hotels (hospitia) and talk about their role in feeding the urban populace and providing services in order to answer the question “Has anything really changed?”

Clara Watson is an artefact specialist at Underground Overground Archaeology. She works on cataloguing and researching the many weird and wonderful artefacts left behind by the 19th century residents of Christchurch. In her talk Clara will be speaking about some of the 19th century pubs and hotels that have been excavated following the Canterbury earthquakes, and what was found during the excavations.

Join UC for this free short-format talk and take advantage of the opportunity to view Fantastic Feasts, the newest exhibition at the Teece Museum.

Photo: Thermopolium Herculaneum. Attribution: Jebulon [CC0]

Date: Friday 19 July 2019

Time: 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Museum doors open at 5.00pm.

Venue: Teece Museum, University of Canterbury Arts City Location, Chemistry building, the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street.

Free, but registration is required

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.