Journal article

Kleine centra in Romeins Centraal-Italie: resultaten van het Minor Centers project

T DE HAAS, G TOL

Paleo-Aktueel | Barkhuis Publishing | Published : 2016

Abstract

This article presents the main results of the Minor Centres Project, which over the past five years has studied the role of minor centres (villages, road stations) in the economy of Roman Central Italy. Models from economic geography suggest that such sites served as central places for surrounding rural populations; network analysis furthermore shows that they could also be hubs in trade systems. These hypotheses are confirmed by field surveys, geophysical prospections and ceramic studies of several minor centres in the Pontine region: the site of Ad Medias shows evidence of several central-place functions (pottery production, metalworking, presence of a sanctuary), and Forum Appii, a larger..

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