Archaeology in the City: Themes and trends

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At the heart of this volume is the transformation in the relationship between
archaeology and the city as it has unfolded globally during the last three to four decades. This transformation is characterized by major advances in archaeological theory, methods, tools and heritage policies and practices. In order to contextualize the present volume, in the following I will trace some of the major aspects of this transformation, starting with conceptual changes. To
make these manifest, I will use a particular case study as a point of reference, that is the city of Rome. Perhaps more than any other city, Roma Aeterna, or the
‘Eternal City’, has been in the spotlights of archaeological research, even long before the emergence of archaeology as a scientific discipline in the 19th
century. The Urbs illustrates particularly well the relevant changes in the relationship between archaeology and the city in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeology in the City
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Workshop, Amsterdam 16-17 October 2019
EditorsGert-Jan Burgers, Luigi Cicala, Gervasio Iliano, Maurizio Quagliuolo
Place of PublicationNapels
PublisherNaus Editoria
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-7478-059-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameArcheologie Temi, contesti, materiali
PublisherNaus Editoria


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