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Thesis etd-09262022-155452

Thesis type
Tesi di dottorato di ricerca
Thesis title
L’ager Pisanus tra romanizzazione e tardoantico: continuità, discontinuità e trasformazioni
Academic discipline
Course of study
tutor Prof. Gattiglia, Gabriele
  • ager
  • entanglement
  • GIS
  • landscape
  • Pisa
  • R
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The research aimed at the study of the city and the territory of Pisae between the Hellenistic age, the Roman age and the late antiquity, for an analysis of the settlement dynamics in a long-term perspective. Between 2011 and 2013, the MAPPA Project systematically collected all the archaeological data available for the urban area of Pisa, creating a comprehensive map of the archaeological potential, from prehistory to contemporary age.
The natural continuation of this project was widening the boundaries of research to include the surrounding area, in an attempt to analyze the relationships and the specific peculiarities in a diachronic perspective. In the Roman period, Pisa was in fact a city with a strong productive and commercial identity, and its territory covered a vast coastal region from the Versilia district to Rosignano Marittimo.
Previous research has emphasized how often the cartography on the Roman age is made in an urban-centric perspective giving back a deceptive image of the landscape: the settlement results clustered in large and / or small agglomerates, isolated and separated by empty areas, thus ignoring the widespread and variable set of rural population and activities. Similarly, attention has often been focused on the individual importance of each site, rather than on the broader analysis of the distribution and relationships of particular categories of sites.
Through a data-driven, diachronic and overall analysis of the archaeological framework, the project realized a combined study of the city of Pisae and its territory, which allows re-establishing the relationships between the different components of this complex system.
The creation of a multi-level and multi-scale GIS not only allowed data storage and management, but mostly the analysis and the creation of synoptic frameworks, which could be articulated into historical phases or according to specific themes.
The possibility of overlapping additional information levels such as paleo-environmental data allowed a better contextualizing of the archaeological evidence, highlighting the complex interactions of natural and anthropic factors in the attempt to reconstruct the spatial continuum.