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Urban networks: multidisciplinary research into the formation of early urban societies in Campania (Italy)

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "URBANet" data sheet

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Organization address
address: DE BOELELAAN 1105
postcode: 1081 HV

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 165˙598 €
 EC max contribution 165˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2018-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    STICHTING VU NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 165˙598.00


 Project objective

Living in cities has been one of the most transformative innovations in human history: it has heavily impacted social and political interaction between people, and has significantly changed the relationship between man and his natural environment. Understanding why people in the past started living together in cities in the first place, provides crucial tools for the study of urban life from a comparative perspective. One of the earliest urbanised regions of Europe was Campania, in Southern Italy. The first traces of urbanisation date to the early first millennium BCE. Innovative archaeological research on urbanisation in Campania is still lacking. With the URBANet project, I propose an innovative approach to early Campanian urbanisation, informed by multidisciplinary perspectives. I start with the specific hypothesis that the processes underlying the formation of early urban societies in the past were social and political. At the same time, the topographical component was fundamental. Furthermore, early urban societies interacted with each other. This observation suggests, in addition, that urbanisation also rose as the result of connectivity and networks. I propose to verify the hypothesis with the collection and analysis of data, focusing on four selected case-studies. The innovative method combines qualitative (anthropological) methods with computed analysis (GIS and social network analysis). Training goals are set to bolster my research and project management skills. The expertise at the VU University in similar projects ensures the best possible institutional environment for the execution of the URBANet project.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Lieve Donnellan
Towards an archaeological Analysis of Social Networks
published pages: tbc, ISSN: , DOI:
Archaeological Analysis of Social Networks 2019-05-09
2019 Lieve Donnellan
Objects that bind, objects that separate
published pages: tbc, ISSN: , DOI:
Archaeological Analysis of Social Networks 2019-05-09
2019 Lieve Donnellan
The rise of cities in first millennium BCE Italy: modelling city-state formation processes
published pages: tbc, ISSN: 2297-2668, DOI:
Frontiers in Digital Humanities 2019-05-09
2019 Lieve Donnellan
Changing pottery production technologies in urbanising societies in the Bay of Naples (8th-7th centuries BCE)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Habitus, the social dimension of technology and transformation 2019-05-09

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