Anita Casarotto

  • PhD
  • Mediterranean archaeology
  • Ancient Italy
  • Predictive modeling and GIS

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number FLEX
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Anita Casarotto obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and a Master’s degree cum laude in Archaeological Sciences, both at the University of Padova (Italy). She also completed an additional two-year post-master programme (cum laude), the Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici, at the same university. The main topic of her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialization theses was the application of predictive modelling in both archaeology and in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). Specifically, she devised predictive models for exploring ancient mobility, location preferences and settlement strategies. Moreover, she examined the use of predictive modelling in CRM as a means to assess archaeological potential for spatial planning policy and guide future developments in the modern landscape. 

Anita has been taking part in numerous archaeological field surveys and excavations in Italy, primarily in the regions of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, Calabria, Molise and Basilicata.

PhD research

At Leiden University, Anita is doing a PhD titled Settlement location preferences in early Roman colonial landscapes (Supervisors: Dr. Tesse Stek, Dr. Jeremia Pelgrom, Dr. Hans Kamermans). The focus of her PhD research is on settlement patterns and location preferences in early Roman colonial landscapes of Central-Southern Italy (late 4th and 3rd century BC). By means of quantitative analyses, geoarchaeological investigations and GIS-based predictive modelling these issues are systematically approached for three Latin colonies: Venusia (291 BC), Cosa (273 BC) and Aesernia (263 BC). The aim is to shed light on the effective impact of early Roman colonization in these freshly absorbed territories.

Anita’s PhD is developed within the larger Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization (LERC) project , PI Dr. T.D. Stek, (see also Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization) that is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Last Modified: 01-02-2016