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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 the wider application of new paradigms for landscape analysis, integrating ‘traditional’ approaches with multidisciplinary studies and the relatively new techniques of large-scale geophysical survey, airborne laser scanning and geo-environmental studies.

Initial results have borne out the potential effectiveness of this approach in central Italy, showing clearly that detection of the ‘archaeological continuum’ is a realistic aim even in the specific environmental and archaeological conditions of the Mediterranean world.

Archaeological questions, methodological issues and research activities at the core of the project are deeply rooted in the work carried out by PI and his research team over the past two decades at the University of Siena (Italy) and in the last two years at the University of Cambridge (UK) in the impact of wide-ranging international and academic partnerships.