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The Archaeologies of Roads - 07-08/11/2019, Florence (Italy)


The conference on “The Archaeologies of Roads” invites landscape-oriented papers on the topics of archaeology, history, geography, and anthropology from across the globe. The aim of the conference is to bring together digital/computational approaches to roads with the phenomenology, aesthetics, emergence, and ideology of roads. For enhancing the collaboration we use the term “road” in its broadest sense to envelope all possible categorizations, including trails, paths, highways, byways, and so on.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 07-08/11/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Florence (Florence, Italy)


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DAY 1 Thursday 7th November

❖ 8:30-9:00: Registration

❖ 9:00-9:10: Welcome

❖ 9:10-10:30: Keynote Lectures

Scott BRANTING (University of Central Florida, USA)

Simulating Movement on Ancient Roads

John WAINWRIGHT (Durham University, UK)

Movements and Landscapes: Finding our Way?

Nicola MASINI (CNR-IBAM, Italy)

The Archaeologies of Roads: New Opportunities from Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Technologies

❖ 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break

❖ 11:00-12:30: A state-of-the-art

Bérangère Redon, Maël Crépy, and Louis Manière

Roads in the sand. Travelers data contribution for reconstructing the road networks of the ancient Eastern desert of Egypt

Jari Pakkanen and Jamieson C. Donati

Understanding the street system and design module of Mantineia, an ancient Greek city, through the combination of remote sensing datasets and statistical analysis

Alvise Matessi

Across the Taurus: The Cilician Gates and their Role during the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1700-1200 BCE)

Michelle W. De-Gruchy and Dan Lawrence

Route Studies across Greater Mesopotamia: Past, Present, and Future

❖ 12:30-14:00: Lunch

❖ 14:00-16:00: Scapes

Massimo Cultraro and Giovanni Distefano

Walking around Doclea: the Archaeology of Roads in the Lower Dalmatia from the Late Prehistory to the Roman Period

Ann Brysbaert and Irini Vikatou

All Roads Lead to Mycenae – the Late Bronze Age Road Network in the Argolid

Pablo Mendez-Quiros Aranda, and Thibault Saintenoy

Disentangling roads palimpsests in the Western Valleys of the South Central Andes

Margherita Azzari and Carmelo Pappalardo

Military roads, trade routes and pilgrimage trails. Cartographic, documentary and archaeological sources for the reconstruction of the Syropalestinian road network and landscape in the Late Antiquity

Zrinka Serventi and Morana Vuković

The importance of Velebit Mountain in Connectivity and Trade of Southern Liburnia

Manolis I. Stefanakis

Investigating land and sea routes at the territory of the ancient Deme of Kymissaleis, Rhodes

❖ 16:00-16:30: Coffee Break

❖ 16:30-18:00: Stair-ways

Punsara Amarasinghe

Silk Road: The ideological path to spread Buddhism

Iuliia Kozhukhovskaia

Celestial Roads and Afterworld Landscape: a Case Study of the Northern Black Sea Littoral in the Bronze Age

Junfu Wong

Embodiment of Courageous: Symbolic Functions of Building and Crossing Gallery Roads at Cliffs in Premodern China

Daniele Pirisino

The Sacred Road of the Pythaïs

18:00-19:00: Reception

DAY 2 Friday 8th November

❖ 9:00-10:00: High-Speed Theory & Method

Rosemary Kerr

Landscape, Legends and Legacies on Australia’s Birdsville Track

Jan Zipser

The Road – a Witness Linking the Past with Even More Distant Past and a Bridge to Understanding the Present (or Future)

Raffaella Viccei

From the city to the theatre, from the theatre to the city. Roads in the Siracusa of Hieron II and Symbolical Meanings

Laura Burigana, Armando De Guio, and Luigi Magnini

Roads or Embankments? The double function of the Terramare connective / hydraulic system in the Valli Grandi Veronesi

Sujatha Chandrasekaran

Avoiding the ‘Inhospitable Sea’-Ancient Routes through the Caucasus

Giuditta Pesenti

Analysis of archaeological and topographical evidence in the territory of Vetulonia for the reconstruction of a road system and its significance

Joseph Lewis

Seeing While Moving: Direction-dependent Visibility of Bronze Age Monuments along a Prehistoric Ridgeway in Cumbria, England

Iffat Tehseen Amjad

The Silk Road Influences and transformations: Chinoiseries in Fourteenth Century 'Demotte' or 'Great Mongol' Shahnama

❖ 10:00-11:00: High-Speed Method & Theory

Hannah Pethen

Off-Road Archaeology: Recording the ephemeral archaeological features along the Hatnub quarry road (Egypt), using ground-truthed satellite imagery

Zeina Haddad

The ancient transportation's network in the Mount Lebanon

Antonio Lopez Garcia

A new discovery on the Roman road between Carthago Spartharia (Cartagena)and Iulia Gemella Acci (Guadix), Spain

Ippolita Raimondo

Aero-topographic surveys in north Apulia (Italy): “Via postea dicta Traiana qui Benevento Aecas usque pervenerant, ibi sinistrorsum divertebant Sipontum”

Maria Florencia Malvarez, Thibault Saintenoy, and Pablo Mendez-Quiros Aranda

The colonial Route of the Silver of Potosí through the prism of historical cartography (XVIII-XX centuries)

Matteo Merlino and Emanuele Mariotti

Connecting edges: roads and settlement patterns in Northern Iraq. Recent results of the Pisa Archaeological Project on the Rania Plain

Daniele Bursich

The evolution of the plateia S8 of the acropolis of Selinus through 3D documentation

Adele Vorsanger

Road-Networks in the Formation of Greek City-States

Paolo Cimadomo, Giuseppe Scardozzi, and Francesca Di Palma

From Via Nova Traiana to Strata Diocletiana: Historical remote sensing documentation for the study of the Limes Arabicus

❖ 11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

❖ 11:30-12:30: In the (Re)making

Selvihan Kurt

Archaeology and the Railroad in Izmir During the Late 19th and Early 20th Era

Carmen-Cornelia Bem and Ioana Paraschiv-Grigore

Building new ways, discovering the past

Rosa Lasaponara and Nicola Masini

Along and around the Silk Road: the contribution of Remote Sensing for the study of the human past in China

❖ 12:30-14:00: Lunch

❖ 14:00-15:30: Algorhythms

Michał Marciak, Marcin Sobiech, and Tomasz Pirowski

Alexander the Great’s Route to Gaugamela and Arbela

Alexander Staedtler

Evaluating the incense trade route network with Least-Cost path analysis. An approach towards identifying movement strategies

Mustafa Erdem Kabadayı, Grigor Boykov, and Petrus Johannes Gerrits

Devising movement limitation coefficients to simulate traffic of people, pack-animals, and carts on a geospatial historical transport network for Southeast Europe

Enrico Foietta

The road-system of the Kingdom of Hatra (Iraq) during the 2nd and 3rd cent. AD

❖ 15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

❖ 16:00-17:30: Perseverance

Günther Schörner, Dominik Hagmann, and Leonardo G. Terreni

Landscapes of mobility in Northern Inland Tuscany

David Serrano Ordozgoiti

Viae potentiae per Oriente: imperial self-representation of the domus Licinia Augusta (253-268 A.D.) through the Latin epigraphy of the eastern provinces

Eli Ashkenazi, Yoav Avni, and Yona Chen

Bedouin nomadism in the Negev desert southern Israel before 1948 in light of geographical and archaeological characteristics

Peri Johnson

Donkeys, camels, traders, and pilgrims: central Anatolian road stories from 2000 BCE to the present

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