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Lecture to uncover lessons learned from trash disposal

MONMOUTH, Ill. – The final archaeology lecture of the academic year at Monmouth College will be “Rubbish!”

Melissa Morrison, a classics professor at Grand Valley (Mich.) State University, will discuss how trash disposal was handled in ancient Rome when she speaks at 7:30 p.m. April 16 in the Pattee Auditorium of the Center for Science and Business.

Titled “Rubbish! Trash Disposal and Urban Dynamics in a Late Roman Town,” the talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Western Illinois Society and Monmouth College’s Department of Classics.

“Excavations in the Gymnasium Area of ancient Corinth are showing how the members of a powerful Late Roman community negotiated the competing claims of personal and public need in a period of profound social and political change,” said Morrison. “By considering the ancient Corinthians’ repurposing of important monuments, their redefinition of civic spaces and urban functions and shifts in their attitudes toward trash disposal, ritual and pollution, we may be able to better understand and respond to challenges faced by our own communities.”