Marta Laureanti
PhD Candidate

Title research: River communities and the maritime landscape of river Sile, Italy.

Keywords: contemporary archaeology; maritime archaeology; intangible heritage; cultural landscape; ship’s graveyards; community archaeology

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Abstract: To what extent the development of navigation between XIX and XX centuries on the river Sile (Veneto, Italy) had an influence on the relationships among river communities and what were the consequences on their cultural landscape?

The river Sile, in Italy, was used since Medieval times as main connection for the transport of goods and person among the town and the lagoon of Venice, the inland of Treviso and other Italian andthe river was then abandoned in the late Seventies as cause of a

broad national economic strategy which invested on road transport instead of implementing the

riverine transport. The effects of this strategy produced a social and economic change at a local as well as a national level.  Looking through the lens of contemporary archaeology and including in my research an involvement of present riverine communities (inhabitants; institutions and authorities; the local association Open Canoe Open Mind) on the Sile and a different asset of data and sources, I will investigate how many landscapes exists and existed. 

The research is enriched by the contribute of a team: among them another maritime archaeologist, specialized in shipbuilding techniques, Claudio Fadda.

Location: River Sile, Veneto, Italy

Contact: Marta Laureanti, PhD candidate,

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Crystal Safadi

PhD student funded by the Honor Frost Foundation. So far I completed two Masters degrees at the University of Southampton: an MSc in Archaeological Computing Spatial Technologies (2012-2013), thesis entitled ' The Beqa'a Valley during the Early Bronze Age: a GIS Approach to Settlement Patterns',  and an MA in Maritime Archaeology (2013-2014), 'Bronze Age and Iron Age Levantine Harbours: an Evaluation of their Afforded Maritime Accessibility and Protection'. During my Masters degrees I developed a set of skills and a passion for GIS, computational approaches, and marine geophysics. In my PhD research I will draw on several methods to investigate the maritime world of the Levantine Early Bronze Age through space and time. I worked on several archaeological digs and surveys, terrestrial and underwater ( Nissia Shipwreck Project 2014, Deltebre I shipwreck excavation 2014, Underwater survey in Anfeh Lebanon 2013, Excavation at Baalbek Lebanon 2012, excavation at Tell Fadous-Kfarabida Lebanon 2011, Tell el-Burak excavation 2011, etc.). Thanks to the support of the Honor Frost Foundation, The Said foundation, the British Lebanese Association, the University of Southampton Archaeology team, and my supervisors Dr Lucy blue and Dr Fraser Sturt, I was and still able to pursue my postgraduate studies.  

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