Congratulations to dr. Jamie Joyce!

On 19 February 2019, it was time for Jamie Joyce to defend his dissertation and obtain the title of Doctor of Philosophy. We want to congratulate him on his achievement, and wish him every success in his further career.

Jamie’s thesis is available in Open Access from http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/55924. The ROMFARMS model, that is at the core of his work, can be downloaded from http://modelingcommons.org/browse/one_model/5687#model_tabs_browse_info.

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Final project volume now out

Our final project volume, “Finding the Limits of the Limes; Modelling Demography, Economy and Transport on the Edge of the Roman Empire” is now available online in Open Access through Springer. With the publication of this volume, we formally conclude the project, but there will be some more papers coming out of it, see keep watching this space!

PhD defence Jamie Joyce

And another happy announcement: Jamie Joyce will be publicly defending his PhD thesis entitled “Farming along the limes. Using agent-based modelling to investigate possibilities for subsistence and surplus-based agricultural production in the Lower Rhine region between 12 BCE and 270 CE” on 19 Feb 2019 at 09:45 in the Aula at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Congratulations to dr. Mark Groenhuijzen!

On 13 November 2018, Mark Groenhuijzen successfully defended his PhD thesis in the Aula of VU University. An important milestone in his career, and for the project! Therefore, many congratulations to Mark, and we wish him every success in continuing his scientific career.

 

For those of you eager to read his thesis we ask for a little bit more of your patience, since Mark is preparing to publish an edited version early next year. We will keep you posted.

PhD defence Mark Groenhuijzen

We are happy to announce that Mark Groenhuijzen will be publicly defending his PhD thesis entitled “Palaeogeographic analysis of the Dutch part of the Roman limes and its hinterland” on 13 Nov 2018 at 13:45 in the Aula at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. A milestone for Mark and for the project!

Welcome!

On these pages you will find information on the research project “Finding the limits of the limes. Using spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the development of the cultural landscape in the Dutch part of the Roman limes“.

The project aims to apply spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the development of the cultural landscape in the Dutch part of the limes zone during the Early and Middle Roman period (15 BC – 270 AD). It will focus on modelling economic and spatial relations between the Roman army and the local population, in particular the interaction between agriculture, animal husbandry and wood management, and the related development of settlement patterns and transport networks in the area. What was needed to maintain the border garrisons? How did the Romans organize production, transport and distribution of goods? How did the local population respond? How did it influence landscape development and settlement pattern?

The project is financed by NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, VIDI Innovational Research Incentives Scheme), and is co-ordinated by Dr. Philip Verhagen at VU University Amsterdam. It runs from September 2012 to September 2017, and these pages will be used to post project news and research results.