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The ecological impact of Roman expansion

Through the Prof.dr. A.W. Byvanck Fund, Classical Mediterranean archaeologist dr. Tymon de Haas has received a grant of €6,350 for his research on the ecological impact of Roman expansion.

Coring in the former Pontine marshes

Dr. De Haas will use this grant from one of LUF's Named Funds to investigate the traces of one of the oldest and best-preserved Roman cadastres, situated in the former Pontine marshes (central Italy). In collaboration with colleagues of the Universities of Melbourne, Amsterdam and Groningen he will conduct an initial programme of manual coring aimed at the dating and paleo-ecological sampling of the fills of these traces (ditches and canals).

The research, to be followed up with more extensive field research over the next years, will result in a reconstruction of settlement, land use and vegetation patterns in this former marsh. In turn, this will contribute to a better understanding of the environmental changes brought about by Roman expansion in Mediterranean landscapes.

The Prof.dr. A.W. Byvanck Fund was set up to support archaeological and art history research in the fields of classical archaeology in the Netherlands and abroad. More information about this Named Fund can be found on this page

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