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Il Lazio centro-meridionale nelle età del Bronzo e del Ferro

29 October 2009

Promotie: L. Alessandri, 14.45 uur, Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Proefschrift: Il Lazio centro-meridionale nelle età del Bronzo e del Ferro
Promotor(s): prof.dr. P.A.J. Attema, prof.dr. R. Peroni
Faculteit: Letteren
Contact: Luca Alessandri, tel. 00 34 96601769, e-mail:

Il Lazio centro-meridionale nelle età del Bronzo e del Ferro

The aim of Alessandri’s research is to obtain a better understanding of the settlement dynamics in the part of central South Lazio (Italy) that comprises the Latial Volcano (Alban Hills), the Pontine plain and the western slopes of the Monti Lepini and Ausoni, during the period between 2400 and 725 BC, i.e. from the Bronze Age to the Roma-Colli Albani III phase of the Iron Age. Following a brief introduction of the study area, a landscape reconstruction is presented on the basis of historical, geological and pedological maps, air photography, published environmental studies and field observations. Next, Alessandri gives a catalogue of settlements, tombs (both isolated and necropoleis) and cult places, with for each site relevant maps, a site description, a short research biography and dating evidence. This catalogue is followed by a site classification that is based on morphological and functional analyses. These analyses focus mainly on an evaluation of the agricultural potential of territories within an hour’s walking distance around their respective sites. The analyses were carried out using the Geographical Information System (GIS). In most cases Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests were used to establish the statistical validity of the selected variables. The results point to a shift from kinship-based communities in the Bronze Age to more complex communities in the Iron Age characterized by an aristocracy. During the period studied agriculture gradually acquired a primary role in the subsistence economy, and it appears that the choice of settlement location was increasingly driven by social and economic factors.

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