Anita Casarotto is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University. Her expertise lies in the use of GIS and geoarchaeological methods for settlement pattern analysis of field survey data. She also specialized in computer-based modeling to assess landscape archaeological potential for cultural resource management in spatial planning.
Anita graduated cum laude in Archaeological Sciences (Master’s degree, University of Padova, 2010). To expand her knowledge and acquire further qualified professional skills in the field of cultural resource management, she was selected and attended a two-year Italian Specialization School in Archaeological Heritage for post-graduate students (Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici, University of Padova, diploma obtained cum laude). For completing her Specialization School thesis, Anita was an Erasmus student at the departmental unit of Computer Applications in Archaeology of the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, and she carried out research on archaeological predictive modeling under the supervision of Dr. Hans Kamermans. Shortly after completing this School, in 2013 she was appointed at the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University as a PhD researcher (Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology) in the NWO-funded project ‘Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization’ (LERC), under the direction and supervision of Dr. Tesse D. Stek and Dr. Jeremia Pelgrom.
Her PhD thesis is titled ‘Spatial patterns in landscape archaeology. A GIS procedure to study settlement organization in early Roman colonial territories’ (promotion expected). The aim of her research was to develop a GIS research procedure to use (legacy) survey data for comparative regional analysis of ancient settlement patterns. As a case study, she focused on site-based datasets collected by large-scale survey projects in central-southern Italy to investigate settlement strategies, location preferences and land use patterns in the early Roman colonial period (3rd century BC).
During her PhD, Anita has been involved in the archaeological survey project in Venosa (Basilicata, Italy) organized by LERC, and was also research fellow within the LERC project at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR).
Her interests include settlement pattern analysis, field survey methodologies, legacy data, site formation processes, geoarchaeology, digital methods, GIS and landscape archaeology.
For further information, see Anita’s publications: http://leidenuniv.academia.edu/AnitaCasarotto