Consumption is still an overlooked aspect of Roman economy, nevertheless it is a relevant issue for a deeper and more diversified understanding of regional economies. Using material culture as a socio-economic document the workshop aims at discussing and comparing consumption patterns among settlement hierarchy (i.e. city vs town; urban vs rural) and topography (i.e. coastal vs hinterland). In particular attention will be paid to the examination of changing distribution of and access to commodities (i.e.ceramics and food, glass, coins, stones, …) and services (shops, markets, baths…) from the Late Hellenistic to Late Roman Period (II BC-VI AD). By doing so on the one hand the evidence of Mediterranean regional archaeological surface survey (i.e. demographic reconstructions) will be reconsidered under the perspective of supplying and consumption issues. On the other hand distributional spaces with a focus on different patterns of economic and social connectivity and integration will be discussed using relevant case studies. Innovative research concerning as well urban access to and consumption of retail goods and services will be included.