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Reconstructing Prehistoric Communities’ Mobility in Apulia

Roberto Filloramo
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162 pages, Illustrated throughout in black & white, and colour
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Reconstructing Prehistoric Communities’ Mobility in Apulia presents pioneering scholarly research to illuminate the interplay between ancient societies and their physical environment during the Neolithic to Early Bronze Age. The study introduces novel methodologies and analytical frameworks, yielding insights into the dynamics of prehistoric settlement patterns.

To explore these dynamics, a systematic database was created containing comprehensive information about the archaeological sites, thus serving as the foundation for validation and classification, guided by a purpose-built model.

A core investigation of the text is the Mobility Analysis (Least Cost Path), which hypothesises how communities maintained connections through time, whether for trade, ideas, or interpersonal exchanges. The other main aspect is the Landscape Perception (Fuzzy Viewshed Analysis), which deciphers how groups perceived and controlled their surroundings through sight. The research outcomes provide insight into settlement decisions, reflecting the evolution of the socio-economic relationships.

Roberto Filloramo holds a PhD in Archaeological Research Methodology from the Universities of Münster and Bologna. His expertise lies in the study of landscape and its exploitation, using GIS investigations as a primary tool for analysis.

Table of Contents (S3169_Filloramo_9781407361239_-_toc.pdf, 214 Kb) [Download]

Introduction (S3169_Filloramo_9781407361239_-_introduction.pdf, 434 Kb) [Download]