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Dealing with biases

Three geo-archaeological approaches to the hidden landscapes of Italy

Hendrik Feiken

Series: Groningen Archaeological Studies 26

ISBN-13: 9789491431678

Publication year: 2014

Publication type: Book

Pages: XVIII, 344

Cover: Softcover

Format: 210 x 297 x 21 mm; 1000 g; full colour ill.; incl. cd

Price excl. VAT: €64.00

Price incl. VAT: €69.76

This books explores the bias that is introduced by erosion and sedimentation on the distribution of archaeological materials in Mediterranean landscapes. It describes innovative and interdisciplinary work that led to the formulation of a broad range of geo-archeological approaches that are applied to two Italian areas, studied intensively by the Groningen Institute of Archaeology: the Pontine Region in South Lazio, and the Raganello Basin in North Calabria. The approaches deal with geological biases affecting the study of protohistoric remains in the sedimentary part of the Pontine plain; the development of a detailed landscape classification approach to predict and test site location preferences and survey biases in the uplands of both study areas; and the development and evaluation of an innovative computerised landscape evolution model for a test area in the Raganello Basin uplands.

In addition to the presented case study, this book also shows how the three geo-archaeological approaches can be applied in a wider context to quantitatively understand how erosion and sedimentation bias our understanding of archaeological records.

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Contents (shortened)

Part I: Introduction, landscape and archaeology of the research areas

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Chapter 2 Formation of the current landscape 11

Chapter 3 Archaeological background 35

Part II: Two new approaches to the study of highlands

Chapter 4 The development of the Landscape Classification 57

Chapter 5 Testing the LC10 Approach 83

Chapter 6 The landscape development model: CALEROS (Calabria Erosion Model) 125

Part III: Geo-archaeological work in the Pontine plain

Chapter 7 The anthropogenic landscape 169

Chapter 8 Geological reconstruction of the Pontine plain 175

Chapter 9 Palaeogeography and human exploitation of the Pontine plain

Part IV: Synthesis

Chapter 10 Synthesis 311