Human and Climate Change in Northern Italy

Human and Climate Change in Northern Italy

In Archeofoss 2020, Filippo Brandolini and Francesco Carrer presented a new FLOS-based interdisciplinary approach to see the transition from Roman into the Medieval Period (abstract in This article shows how using QGIS, GRASS GIS and R is allowed the development of a solid statistical assessment of human interaction with alluvial environments and archaeological landscape.

The future volume of the conference ARCHEOFOSS 2020 will include an article on climate change during the Roman and Medieval periods. Geopedological data and archaeological sources are used to assess the role of alluvial geomorphology for Late-Holocene settlement strategies, putting it into practice in a case study of the Po Valley.

This study investigates how alluvial geomorphology and agricultural suitability influenced settlement patterns in the Roman and Medieval periods, and whether pre-existing Roman occupation attracted Medieval sites.

The best way to produce an interesting result is to evaluate if the selected inhomogeneous model describes the spatial variability of a point process more accurately than a stationary model.

This project used FLOS tools and complex algorithms to investigate past landscapes on different scales. It allowed calculations of different variability between settlements and the characteristics of the area in the relationship to infrastructures to determine the different ways of occupying and exploiting the territory between the two periods.

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