This Ph.D. thesis aims at illustrating the historic settlement dynamics of Samnium within the last four centuries BC. Using a GIS, it seeks to identify spatial systems of location and architecture of the so called “hill forts” and to assess the Roman impact on the landscape following conquest.



Current understanding of the early development of Samnium is based almost solely on heavily biased historiographical sources about the Samnite Wars. A key aim, therefore, is to contrast this narrative with the little-known archaeological evidence from the area. A GIS-based catalogue of published sites will be extended by a new survey of a micro-region within Samnium.

This Ph.D. thesis is being written within the program Landscape Archaeology and Architecture (LAA) of the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS).

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