Dr. Anita Casarotto

Anita Casarotto is KNIR Fellow 2021.

KNIR Column “Rescuing our archaeological legacy”

She is involved in the KNIR-led Fasti Online Survey initiative (Director Dr. T.D. Stek – KNIR), a web-based platform and open-access archive for the integration and permanent availability of Mediterranean archaeological survey data. Fasti Online Survey is developed by the KNIR with the support of the International Association for Classical Archaeology (AIAC) and L-P Archaeology (UK). As Leiden University-affiliated researcher and current KNIR Fellow, Anita serves as scientific manager and board member of Fasti Online Survey as well as editor of FOLD&R Survey, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of Fasti.

Anita collaborates with the KNIR since 2013: she spent multiple research periods in Rome in the framework of her PhD project (Leiden University, 2013-2018) and, more recently, to develop her postdoctoral line of research (KNIR stipendium 2018, KNIR Postdoctoral Scholarship 2019 – Leiden University Fund/Byvanck Fonds). As KNIR Fellow, Anita supports and promotes the education and research activities of the KNIR in Italy and in The Netherlands, taking part in the organisation of the KNIR internships/field-schools/courses/workshops for students and scholars on field archaeology, landscape spatial analysis, archaeological data collection and digital methods.


Anita Casarotto obtained her MA cum laude in Archaeological Sciences (Pre-Protohistory & Digital Archaeology, University of Padova, 2010) and, afterwards, a postgraduate degree (cum laude) in Archaeological Heritage Management (Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici, University of Padova, 2013).
In 2013, Anita started her PhD at the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University within the NWO-funded LERC programme – Landscapes of Early Roman Colonisation (Directors: Dr. T.D. Stek – Leiden University, Dr. J. Pelgrom – KNIR). During her PhD in Leiden (defended in 2018), Anita developed a GIS-based methodology to analyse patterns from legacy survey data and published several peer-reviewed articles as well as one book (her PhD thesis, available open access here).
As part of Leiden- and KNIR-led archaeological projects, Anita participated in a series of field-survey campaigns in Italy (esp. Basilicata and Molise) and central Portugal, where she supervised and coordinated field-teams of international students. She was a postdoctoral scholarship holder at Leiden University and KNIR (September-December 2019, Leiden University Fund/Byvanck Fonds) and at the University of Verona (January-February 2020). Until September 2020 she was adjunct professor of the Department of Cultures and Civilisations at the University of Verona. Since November 2020 she is a post-doc researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University within the project Roman landscapes in Portugal.
Her research interests include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for spatial pattern analysis in landscape archaeology, Mediterranean survey archaeology, legacy survey data and site location analysis as well as ancient Italy and Roman colonisation. Anita is also specialised in predictive modelling and preventive archaeology for cultural resource management to assess the archaeological impact of construction works and guide decisions towards sustainable development in modern spatial planning.