Dr. Anita Casarotto

Associated Researcher 2022

Indirizzo mail: a.casarotto@knir.it

Università: University of Groningen

Sito web: https://www.rug.nl/staff/a.casarotto/

KNIR Column Rescuing our archaeological legacy


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Groningen Institute of Archaeology of the University of Groningen, and associated researcher of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. My research concerns the collection of the so-called legacy and new survey data to study settlement patterns in relation to the Roman expansion in ancient Lusitania (Portugal – western Iberian Peninsula) comparing these patterns with those documented for other Mediterranean data-sets, especially in Italy where I have worked mainly until now. The focus of the project is broadly on the time period from the 3rd c. BC to the 3rd c. AD.

In collaboration with the director Dr. Tesse D. Stek, I serve as scientific manager and board member of Fasti Online Survey, an open database and digital platform led by the KNIR (with the support of the AIAC and L-P : Archaeology) that publishes archaeological field-walking survey projects and data, and I am editor of FOLD&R Archaeological Survey Series, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of Fasti Online Survey.

I collaborate with the KNIR since 2013, first in the framework of my PhD project (Leiden University, 2013-2018) and, more recently, to develop my postdoctoral line of research, promote Fasti Online Survey and supervise the KNIR internship Digital Field Survey Archaeology for (R)MA students. As KNIR Fellow I support and promote the education and research activities of the KNIR in Italy, in The Netherlands and in Portugal, serving as a bridge between the different backgrounds and networks of these three countries. I also take part in the organisation of the KNIR internships/field-schools/courses/workshops for students and scholars on landscape archaeology, field survey, topography, methodology, spatial analysis, open data and digital methods.


Curriculum vitae

I obtained my master degree cum laude in Archaeological Sciences (University of Padova, 2010) and, afterwards, a postgraduate degree cum laude in Archaeological Heritage (Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici, University of Padova, 2013) with methodological theses on GIS-based predictive modelling for cultural resource management. I did my PhD at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University (defended in 2018) within the LERC project – Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization (Supervisors: Dr. Tesse D. Stek, Leiden University; Dr. Jeremia Pelgrom, KNIR). My PhD thesis proposes a GIS-based procedure to interpret field survey data and connect them to different types of settlement patterns and land-use strategies. After the PhD, I worked as an archaeologist in Italy for a commercial company and open-air museum (Bostel di Rotzo, Vicenza); I was a scholarship holder at Leiden University-KNIR and at the University of Verona, and collaborator of the KNIR for Fasti Online Survey. For the academic year 2019-2020 I was adjunct professor at the University of Verona for teaching activities in Prehistory and Early History. For 2020 and 2021 I was awarded the title of KNIR Fellow.