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A Stratified Route Network in a Stratified Landscape. The Region of Enna (Central Sicily) from the Bronze Age to the 19 th c. AD.

Carlo Citter / Giuseppe Maria Amato / Valentina Di Natale / Andrea Patacchini
Published Online: 2017-11-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2017-0020

Abstract

This paper focuses on the region of Enna in central Sicily. Its peculiar environmental setting is a key feature, with a central mountain surrounded by gentle, fertile lowlands. Our key question is to understand the regional route network in its historical process of “transformission”, a concept proposed by French archaeogeographers (see Chouquer, Watteaux 2013). It considers traces on the landscape at different scales, as ever-changing features influenced by both natural and human inputs. We chose a sample area of 566 sq-km in the very centre of the island and we evaluated geographical constraints on mobility. This raises new questions about the relationship between routes, settlements, and the environment.

Keywords: resilience; routes; landscape; least cost path

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About the article

Received: 2016-03-15

Accepted: 2017-10-17

Published Online: 2017-11-09

Published in Print: 2017-10-26


Citation Information: Open Archaeology, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 305–312, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2017-0020.

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