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Introduction of Clara Filet

Visiting researcher at UrbNet 2023-2025.

Clara Filet is a specialist in the urbanisation and transport networks of Celtic Europe. Her research focuses on the development of urban networks and centrality between the Atlantic and Central Europe in the last centuries BCE. Combining concepts and methods from archaeology, geography, network analysis and data science, she seeks to determine how the emergence of this first extensive urban network in the European hinterland was accompanied by significant changes in trade and transport networks across the continent. In parallel, she is leading the excavation of the Gallic fortification of an Iron Age city in Bibracte (France) together with Sophie Krausz.

Clara defended her PhD thesis in 2021 at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She joins UrbNet for a 2-year postdoctoral programme funded by the Fyssen Foundation. In this programme, she will seek to determine the impact of the emergence of these Late Iron Age cities on local mobility and supply networks of everyday products in Northern Gaul.