Modelling agrarian and mining settlement in the Punic West Mediterranean. A comparison of rural Sardinia and Andalusia

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2018 - 2022 (ongoing)
Department of Archaeology
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The development of urban settlements and the countryside are intrinsically linked and as many scholars on Phoenician and Punic Studies have begun to look beyond urban centers and monumental architecture, complex economic systems, including inland areas and small rural settlements, have increasingly become objects of archaeological fieldwork and scholarly research. Furthermore, the distinction made in recent years between the concept of urbanization and urbanism has allowed us to reconsider the birth and development of rural settlement in the Phoenician-Punic World. Thanks to the remarkable methodological progress of and new technologies employed in archaeological research, it is now possible to propose a study focused on the relationships instead of country in an innovative way. The present work aims to adopt an urbanist and comparative perspective on agrarian and mining settlements in the central west Mediterranean and Atlantic Andalusia between the end of the sixth and the second century BC. Because these settlements have so far hardly considered in terms of urban networks, it is proposed to explore systematically the urbanistic aspects of these settlements and their direct relations whit the coastal ones. Considering the morphological characteristics of the different landscapes, the work will be aimed at verifying, through the study of topography, site plans and construction techniques, the existence of repetitive modules.




Phd Student(s)


Fabio Saggioro

Department of Cultures and Civilizations - University of Verona