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Fig. 1. Photomicrograph (1000x) of a silver-copper alloy prill preserved in crucible slag from Ribe (courtesy of Vana Orfanou).
Fig. 2. Time diagram produced via Google Ngram that shows the use of different types of disciplinarity terms in English language from 1945 to 2008.

2020.02.20 | Research news

Disciplinarity of the High-Definition Approach in Archaeology

Is archaeology cross-, multi-, inter- or trans-disciplinary when working with other scientific disciplines? Hoping to prevent the terms from falling into the realm of scientific buzzwords, PhD Student Mahir Hrnjić considers the ‘disciplinarity’ of the high-definition approach applied in archaeology.

Prof. Rubina Raja presenting on Jerash (photo: Emanuele E. Intagliata)
Assistant Prof. Christopher Dickenson presenting on cities and small towns in Roman and Late Antique Britain (photo: Emanuele E. Intagliata)
The river Danube at Regensburg (photo: Emanuele E. Intagliata)

2020.02.20 | Workshop

Urban Space between the Roman Age and Late Antiquity

Workshop summary by Assistant Professors Christopher Dickenson and Emanuele Intagliata.

2020.02.11 | History and archaeology

New book: Crafts and social networks in Viking Towns

Professor MSO Søren M. Sindbæk explores what crafts can tell us about urban networks in the past.

How did Roman transport networks structure trade? This figure shows geographical (a) and topological (b) layouts of an abstracted Roman transport network (network data © Orbis). Node size and colour represent increasing physical distance over the network away from Rome. Note the fall-off of the results with distance away from Rome structured by the transport routes rather than as-the-crow-flies distance. Edge colours represent edge type: red = sea, green = river, grey = road. Background © Openstreetmap.
How plausible are theories of ancient visual signalling systems? This figure shows medieval forts and watch-towers located on hill-tops in the central Himalayas, connected if they one can be seen from the other up 15km (a) and up to 25km (b). Node colours represent communities identified through network methods, which we hypothesise to reflect chiefdoms or administrative divisions (collaboration with Dr Nagendra Singh Rawat and Prof. Vinod Nautiyal).

2020.02.06 | History and archaeology

UrbNet welcomes first associate professor, 1 Feb 2020

Introduction of Tom Brughmans.

2020.02.05 | History and archaeology

Palmyra, ørkenens perle – én by, tusindvis af skæbner

Teaser of lecture by Professor and Centre Director Rubina Raja at The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.


Tue 25 Feb
13:00-14:00 | Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) Aarhus University Moesgård Allé 20, DK-8270 Højbjerg Denmark, Building 4230-232
Antiurban cities: Social agglomeration and egalitarianism in the Horn of Africa
Lecture by Alfredo González-Ruibal, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
Wed 26 Feb
13:00-19:00 | Moesgaard Museum, Moesgaard Allé 15, 8270 Højbjerg, Building 4240-301.
Faglig Dag på Klassiske Studier
Faglig Dag is a day of research and excavation presentations hosted by Classical Studies at Aarhus University. Several UrbNet employees will be presenting their research and projects this year. All are welcome to join.
Thu 12 Mar
15:00-17:00 | Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) Aarhus University Moesgård Allé 20, DK-8270 Højbjerg Denmark, Building 4230-232
Networking with the Romans: Examples of archaeological network research and where we should go from here
Opening lecture by Associate Professor Tom Brughmans
Mon 16 Mar
19:30-21:15 | AU Campus Emdrup Building D Room D166, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV, Denmark.
De dansk-italienske udgravninger på Cæsars Forum
Cæsar og hans efterliv lecture at Danish University Extension by Jan Kindberg Jakobsen (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek).
Tue 17 Mar
09:00-11:00 | Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) Aarhus University, Moesgård Allé 20, DK-8270 Højbjerg Denmark, Building 4230-232
PhD pre-defence Nikoline Sauer
Project: The Archaic Period on the Forum of Caesar: The Urbanisation of Early Rome, 7th-5th Century BC.

Current and upcoming visitors

  • Alfredo González-Ruibal (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)
  • 24-25 February 2020
  • Andrea Brock (University of St Andrews)
    16-18 March 2020
  • Gabriele Cifani (University of Rome)
    16-18 March 2020
  • Nadine Moeller (University of Chicago)
    24 March 2020
  • Paul Wordsworth (University of Oxford)
    21 April 2020
  • Nora Farber (University of Oxford)
    18-22 May 2020
  • Roland Fletcher (University of Sydney)
    27 May-8 June 2020
  • Scott Ortman (University of Colorado Boulder)
    25 May-12 June 2020
  • Elizabeth Murphy (Florida State University)
    1 September-15 December 2020
  • Owen Doonan (California State University Northridge)
    1 September-15 December 2020