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Tracing Late Roman Rural Occupation in Adriatic Central Italy

Helene Verreyke and Frank Vermeulen UGent (2009) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY. 113(1). p.103-120
abstract
This paper examines the identification of rural occupation and the changing settlement pattern during late antiquity in the central part of Adriatic Italy. Archaeological field survey have proven to be the most efficient tool to map ancient settlement patterns on a regional scale. Although the methodological approach to map and classify Roman rural settlements has undergone many advances over the years, the identification of Late Roman occupation and the evaluation of the data remain problematic. Recent survey work in the Potenza Valley (Picenum) provides an excellent case study, demonstrating the problems and pit-falls connected with the identification of Late Roman rural settlements. To optimize site detection, the Potenza Valley Survey project invested in the exhaustive analysis of diagnostic finds from stratified contexts of the Roman colony Potentia. Following the study of the surface scatters, the settlements were classified according to a site typology, creating a third dimension in the detected occupation pattern. Broader historical questions could be addressed by integrating the survey results into a wider framework, making use of information from excavated sites and written documents. This approach allowed us to sketch the particularities of the central Adriatic countryside during late antiquity, demonstrating the relevance of regional diversity within this period of transformation.
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journal title
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY
Am. J. Archaeol.
volume
113
issue
1
pages
103 - 120
publisher
ARCHAEOLOGICAL INST AMERICA
place of publication
Boston ; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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article
Web of Science id
000262341000007
ISSN
0002-9114
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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690336
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-690336
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2009-06-11 12:21:25
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  abstract     = {This paper examines the identification of rural occupation and the changing settlement pattern during late antiquity in the central part of Adriatic Italy. Archaeological field survey have proven to be the most efficient tool to map ancient settlement patterns on a regional scale. Although the methodological approach to map and classify Roman rural settlements has undergone many advances over the years, the identification of Late Roman occupation and the evaluation of the data remain problematic. Recent survey work in the Potenza Valley (Picenum) provides an excellent case study, demonstrating the problems and pit-falls connected with the identification of Late Roman rural settlements. To optimize site detection, the Potenza Valley Survey project invested in the exhaustive analysis of diagnostic finds from stratified contexts of the Roman colony Potentia. Following the study of the surface scatters, the settlements were classified according to a site typology, creating a third dimension in the detected occupation pattern. Broader historical questions could be addressed by integrating the survey results into a wider framework, making use of information from excavated sites and written documents. This approach allowed us to sketch the particularities of the central Adriatic countryside during late antiquity, demonstrating the relevance of regional diversity within this period of transformation.},
  author       = {Verreyke, Helene and Vermeulen, Frank},
  issn         = {0002-9114},
  journal      = {AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {103--120},
  publisher    = {ARCHAEOLOGICAL INST AMERICA},
  title        = {Tracing Late Roman Rural Occupation in Adriatic Central Italy},
  volume       = {113},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Verreyke, Helene, and Frank Vermeulen. 2009. “Tracing Late Roman Rural Occupation in Adriatic Central Italy.” American Journal of Archaeology 113 (1): 103–120.
APA
Verreyke, Helene, & Vermeulen, F. (2009). Tracing Late Roman Rural Occupation in Adriatic Central Italy. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 113(1), 103–120.
Vancouver
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Verreyke H, Vermeulen F. Tracing Late Roman Rural Occupation in Adriatic Central Italy. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY. Boston ; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: ARCHAEOLOGICAL INST AMERICA; 2009;113(1):103–20.
MLA
Verreyke, Helene, and Frank Vermeulen. “Tracing Late Roman Rural Occupation in Adriatic Central Italy.” AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 113.1 (2009): 103–120. Print.