mr. M.A. (Mark) Locicero

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7294
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B104


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Mark Locicero obtained a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Classics from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), and a Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). He has participated in archaeological excavations in Jordan, Sicily, and Serbia investigating Roman imperial and Late Antique domestic, military, and industrial structures. Mark begun his PhD research at the Faculty of Archaeology in May 2013.

Research: Water Footprints in Roman Ostia

Mark’s research analyzes the development of water technology and water usage patterns in Roman urban frameworks. This research focuses on the material evidence from Roman Ostia and investigates cases of water sharing and re-use between structures of different functions (public, domestic, industrial). As the harbor city of Rome, Ostia developed into a thriving economic, cultural, and religious city with a highly diverse urban profile.

This study incorporates methods utilized in contemporary urban planning and sustainable engineering together with Roman urban studies to create Water Footprints, or representative snapshots of water acquisition, usage, and disposal. Through GIS modeling of urban hydraulic features, this systematic and holistic approach to urban water systems will provide a comprehensive look at the functional productivity (or inefficiencies) of Roman water technology. Despite the challenges involved with mediating issues of “urbanism”, “sustainability”, and “efficiency”, this study strives toward a trans-disciplinary approach to investigate the equally destructive and life-giving nature of human relationships with water.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016