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Name: Alessandro Carabia

PhD: Archaeology

Thesis Title: Space, population and economy in a frontier region: Liguria in the context of the Western Byzantine provinces AD 500-700


Thesis Description:

The last 30 years have seen an increasing interest in the late antique and early Medieval phases across Europe, together with a growing awareness of its importance for a better definition of proper regional medieval aspects. In this picture, Liguria is usually barely mentioned or apparently not very representative when compared with other areas, especially when it comes to the Byzantine occupation between the 6th and 7th century. My research will re-evaluate the existing evidence of Liguria through the medium of recently published works while relying heavily on archaeological data. I will re-examine existing and emerging Byzantine and early medieval archaeological and textual evidence and generate a model of ‘survival and adaptation’ in a frontier context. Comparing Liguria with other Western peripheral provinces of the Empire will provide an example for the developing factors that affected the Byzantine westernmost areas during the early stages of the Middle Ages. such as the Balearic Islands and Sardinia. The aim of this research is to create an approach that will have wider applicability to the Mediterranean world of the 7th century especially.

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Chris Wickham (University of Birmingham)

Neil Christie (University of Leicester)

Rossano Balzaretti (University of Nottingham) 


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

  • Carabia A., “Wiki=Beta: il modus vivendi di un sistema per documentare la ricerca”. Archeologia e Cacolatori, Supplemento 4, 2013, pp. 209-213.

  • Costa S. and Carabia A., “GQBwiki goes open”. CAA 2015. Keep the Revolution Going, Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, edited by S. Campana, R. Scopigno, G. Carpentiero and M. Cirillo, v. 2, 2016, pp. 1033-1036. (

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  • Theoretical Archaeology 


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