Wednesday, November 23, 2022

From Hydrology to Hydroarchaeology in the Ancient Mediterranean: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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From Hydrology to Hydroarchaeology in the Ancient Mediterranean: An interdisciplinary approach is devoted to the study of water management in ancient cities. It compares the approaches and methods adopted by researchers from different disciplinary sectors to identify the water conditions of past societies and to highlight the measures they have taken to adapt to their water resources. Deriving from an interdisciplinary meeting held in Aix-en-Provence (Mediterranean House of Human Sciences) in 2019, it brings together seven articles that present the innovative results of collaborations between archaeologists and environmental scientists, geologists, geomorphologists, and climatologists in particular. After an introduction that situates the discussions conducted in Aix-en-Provence within the framework of the Watertraces project, funded by the A*Midex foundation (Aix-Marseille University), most of the articles focus on the Sicilian situation. An initial synthesis covers all aspects of the question, followed by four case studies ranging from the 4th century BC to the 1st century AD. Case studies on Agrigento, Termini Imerese/Thermai Himerenses, Alesa/Halaesa, Solunte and Tyndaris are presented. The focus then moves to southern Italy (the Terme di Baia), and to Aegean Greece (the sanctuary at Delphi).

H 290 x W 205 mm

166 pages

86 figures, 7 tables (colour throughout)

Published Oct 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803273747

Digital: 9781803273754


Introduction – Sophie Bouffier and Vincent Ollivier ;

The Impact of Climate, Resource Availability, Natural Disturbances and Human Subsistence Strategies on Sicilian Landscape Dynamics During the Holocene – Salvatore Pasta, Giuseppe D’Amore, Cipriano Di Maggio, Gaetano Di Pasquale, Vincenza Forgia, Alessandro Incarbona, Giuliana Madonia, César Morales-Molino, Silvio Giuseppe Rotolo, Luca Sineo, Claudia Speciale, Attilio Sulli, Willy Tinner and Matteo Vacchi ;

Analyse historique des variations du débit provoqué par les séismes pendant les siècles XVe–XXe: le cas de Termini Imerese (Sicile centro-septentrionale) – Patrizia Bova, Antonio Contino and Giuseppe Esposito ;

Le risorse idriche nel territorio di Alesa – Aurelio Burgio ;

Aquae caldae. Note sparse sul termalismo e lo sfruttamento delle acque sulfuree nel territorio a est di Agrigento tra archeologia e paletnologia – Luca Zambito ;

Archaeology and Hydrogeology in Sicily: Solunt and Tindari – Giovanni Polizzi, Vincent Ollivier, Olivier Bellier, Edwige Pons-Branchu and Michel Fontugne ;

Baia (Bacoli-NA): l’acqua e il suo utilizzo nel complesso delle Terme romane – Daniele De Simone ;

Natural Risks and Water Management in Delphi – Amélie Perrier, Isabelle Moretti and Luigi Piccardi

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