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Université de Bordeaux
LabEx LaScArBxCluster of Excellence
Cluster of excellence

From the Adriatic Sea to the Danube: territories, productions and exchanges from 1st century BC to 6th century AD

Francis Tassaux (Ausonius, CNRS, University of Bordeaux)

Centre Camille Jullian (UMR 6573)
Ecole française de Rome
MSHE C. N. Ledoux (USR 3124)

Financing: €23,079 and a post-doctoral position €46,445

Duration: 2.2 years (1st November 2012 – 31st December 2014)

Recruiting: post-doctoral contract (duration 1 year): Elise Fovet - Subject: Dynamics of ancient settlement in Istrian hinterland, under the direction of Francis Tassaux

Istria holds a special place in the Roman Western world for the density of its coastal villae, dedicated to the production and the export of one of the most renowned olive oil of the Roman World but also of wine, garum and murex. Until now, research focused on an architectural and economic approach of these villae, some of them owned by the senatorial aristocracy and the emperor.

We offer now to understand the evolution over eight centuries of the Northern Istria and its hinterland, from the time of proto-historic castellieri until the one of villages and fortified towns of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, going through the little colonial estate of the Caesar Age and the development of the big aristocrat estate from August Age.

To do so, we will study a territory covering the Sveti Martin Bay North from Pore? (Croatia) to the Koper Bay (Slovenia), including the hinterland over a width of 10 km, along two main routes. The first one comprises the study of territorial dynamics, not only through the types of occupation but also through the communication network and its modeling, relying on the exploitation of cadastres, aerial photographies, satellite images, lidar data and visual prospecting.

The second route deals with the production through amphoras and archaeozoological objects (shells, fish bones and murex for purple). All of the collected data, compared with a rich epigraphical documentation, will be integrated to a GIS, on which a synthesis to be published in 2015 will be based. This project relies on the collaboration of Ausionus with three French teams, MSHE-Besançon, the CCJ and the EFR, and with Slovenian and Croatian researchers.