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Spatial analysis, GIS and digital humanities in the Roman-Byzantine near Eastern Archaeology

Grant number: 18/18665-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): January 15, 2019
Effective date (End): December 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Archeology - Historical Archaeology
Principal Investigator:Ivan Esperança Rocha
Grantee:Marcio Teixeira Bastos
Supervisor: Ian Hodder
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Research place: Stanford University, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:17/24205-1 - Historical Archaeology in the Late Roman Galilee (Israel): Monumentality, Material Culture and Struggle for Religious Success., BP.PD


This research deals with spatial analysis (GIS), virtual reality (VR) and Digital mapping in order to investigate specific archaeological sites in Israel and approach the encounter between Roman Paganism and Judaism, and the rise of Christianity in the East during Late Antiquity. The analysis of material production associated with the respective contexts of occupation combined with spatial distribution of these social movements and the network analysis will allow one creating a digital map (in Portuguese) of Roman-Byzantine periods focusing on synagogues and churches. This also means more access to World archaeological Heritage in Brazil through the digital - once most Brazilians doesn't master English or other languages. The theoretical interests including spatial analysis, global heritage, socio-politics, cultural identities, and materiality which are framed within a broad discussion about Digital Humanities and Archaeology.

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