Office Hours: Houses with Archaeologist Nora Donoghue
In the second installment of Office Hours from Rome, host Priscilla Lee ’25 is joined by archaeologist Nora Donoghue to discuss the evolution of domestic architecture.
Zillow-scrolling, interior design Pinterest, house hunting shows… Our living spaces are so important to us because they are an expression of our identities. To apply this principle to history, studying houses can shed light on the societies and values of people who lived in them: How much did privacy matter? Did business belong at home? What was their hierarchy of room subdivision needs? Archaeologist Nora Donoghue takes us through the centuries, from Etruscan stone houses and Roman villas, to Victorian ribbon rooms and Massachusetts hunting lodges, to explore the evolution of domestic architecture and what the archaeology tells us about the people it housed.
Episode notes and further reading: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GCfUOVoMVq0mAlFyqQsIF54VCQ7KtIN9esYDC1cMGFc/edit?usp=sharing