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Towards Counternarratives of Mediterrenean LandscapesRusellae Landscape2018 Test Excavation Team

Towards Counternarratives of Mediterrenean Landscapes

Improving Critical Thinking in Archaeology

Rusellae Landscape

Developing new Paradigms in Landscape Archaeology

2018 Test Excavation Team

Shedding new Light on Past Landscapes



The Emptyscapes project is an interdisciplinary program designed to stimulate changes in the way in which archaeologists in Italy study the archaeology of landscapes, leaving a site-based approach in favour of a truly ‘landscape’ perspective.

The aim is to promote

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The sample area in this case study lies in Central Italy, in Maremma, a wide costal region in southern Tuscany and northern Lazio bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Rusellae was an important Etruscan and subsequently Roman city, which survived until the

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The city of Veii, situated about 15 km north of Rome occupied what is now a broad plateau of gently rolling countryside about 190 ha in extent.

The best way to begin discussion of this sample area is perhaps to

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The project has been funded within the Marie Curie action

(FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF n. 628338)





Culture 2007 ArchaeoLandscpes Europe project

(Grant Agreement nr. 2010/1486/001-001)



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Latest Posts


November 28, 2016 | No Comments

Emptyscapes PI has been invited to lecture at University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne. The lecture will be delivered on November 30 (13.00) at Centre Michelet (3 rue Michelet 75006 PARIS) in Salle DOUCET, first level.

Title of the talk: Emptyscapes Read more »


Emptyscapes at École Normale Supérieure – Paris

November 17, 2016 | No Comments

Emptyscapes PI has been invited to lecture at École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Lectures will be delivered from early November to early December as follow on:

– October 10 “Drones in archaeology: State-of-the-Art and Perspectives”- ENS, Tout public.

– October 16 “The Read more »


Tracce dalla Terra – British School at Rome – workshop – November 8th

November 5, 2016 | No Comments

The British School at Rome, in collaboration with University College of London and “Soprintendenza Archeologica Belle Arti e Paesaggio per l’area metropolitana di Roma, La Provincia di Viterbo e l’Etruria Meridionale organized a workshop on November 8th aimed to present Read more »


(Re)thinking archaeological potential in preventive archaeology – workshop – Ljubljana 28th-29th October 2016

November 5, 2016 | No Comments

Emptyscapes has been invited to introduce the international conference (Re)thinking archaeological potential in preventive archaeology. The Institute for the protection of cultural heritage of Slovenia, Center for preventive archaeology organized a workshop/seminar on the theory and practice of archaeological potential Read more »


Emptyscapes get PRIN 2015 research funding

September 29, 2016 | No Comments

Emptyscapes – as part of a wider project (PI Marcello Guaitoli) – has been successfully selected within the Italian research framework “Project of National Interest” (PRIN). Emptyscapes Research Unit will be funded to carry on and expand research activity in Read more »


Emptyscapes key-note at Paris

June 2, 2016 | No Comments

Emptyscapes PI has been invited to give a key-note and to partecipate to the round table on “Archaeological prospection and Sampling, a paradoxical divorce” at JIAP2016: Journées informatique et archéologies de Paris 7-10 Jun 2016 Paris (France).



Emptyscapes Seminar Acknowledgements

June 2, 2016 | No Comments

We are writing to thank you all sincerely for contributing so generously to our seminar on archaeological survey work in the Mediterranean countryside. The meeting gave us a very interesting and successful opportunity to discuss important aspects of current activity Read more »


FINAL PROGRAM – Emptyscapes Seminar, Cambridge (UK)

May 6, 2016 | No Comments

Empty spaces & Empty phases: research questions, scales and methods

What’s new in archaeological survey in the Mediterranean countryside? After more than half a century of research and fieldwork, involving millions of hectares of survey, Read more »


Emptyscapes Seminar, Cambridge (UK)

April 28, 2016 | No Comments

Empty spaces & Empty phases: research questions, scales and methods

Venue – Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, UK.
Timing – 25 May 2016 (13:00) to at 26 May (14:00).

Abstract – What’s new in archaeological Read more »

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Public lecture, Siena (Italy)

March 20, 2016 | No Comments

On March 22nd, prof Giovanna Bianchi invites Emptyscapes project to be presented at the University of Siena.

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