Modelling the complexity of past population movement, interactions and landuse

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together young interdisciplinary scholars working with spatial GIS (Geographical Information System)-based models in landscape archaeology in order to assess whether and how such models can help us rethink traditional questions as well as tackle new problems.

The main topics and chronological framework of the workshop are as follows:

• Models of past population movement and pathways in the landscape, using friction surfaces (prehistory and protohistory)

• Models of regional road systems, settlement patterns and cultural interactions: mapping and analysing relationships and distributional site clusters, infrastructures and surface materials (Hellenistic, Roman, late Roman and early Mediaeval times)

• Models of diachronic land use: ecological and economic forms of agriculture and pastoralism, applying geographical and spatial analysis to investigate the exploitation and supply of resources and goods over time.