Geographical and Cultural Networks to better understand Urbanization processes in central Italy (1175/1150-500 BC ca)

Francesca Fulminante, Alessandro Guidi, Sergi Lozano, Luce Prignano, Ignacio Morer


Since the first pioneering application of the 1970’ and 1980’, during the last decade or so Network Analysis has become more and more popular within the Archaeological discipline.
In particular various scholars have emphasised the potential of Network Analysis for the study of emerging complex societies; however the applications to the study of urbanization and state formation processes remain very few.
By comparing Bronze and Iron Age Settlement terrestrial and fluvial Networks in Etruria and Latium vetus, this poster will show how a more compacted and hierarchical region as Latium vetus prevailed over the larger but more heterarchical Etruria. When cultural networks are considered the calculation of centralization measures on different networks through time shows clear trends which still need to be fully evaluated but are interesting in their distinctive trajectories.