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Alessandro Guaggenti – University of Reading

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Alessandro Guaggenti

Multi-scalar Analysis of Early Built Environments in the Eastern Fertile Crescent.

Today we live in a world that is overwhelmingly sedentary. Rising global demographics and urbanism are causing humans to perpetually learn and re-learn how to inhabit the world. Archaeology has a significant role to play in current world issues regarding this by providing a long term perspective on these current world issues.
This research examines early built environments during the transition from hunting-gathering to sedentary agriculture on which modern life is based, focusing on the site of Bestansur, in Iraqi Kurdistan, 7700-7000 BC. This study investigates: 1) How built environments represent individual and group identities, social and economic relations and experiences; and 2) How built environments indicate societal and ecological changes, and impact individuals, society and natural environments over time.
The methodological approaches employed include 3-D photogrammetric recording, space syntax analysis, depth-map analysis, micromorphology, and geochemical analysis of built environment design, materials and living conditions.
This research is part of the ERC funded MENTICA project.


About Me:

I hold a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Reading (First Class Hons) and an MA (with Distinction) in Mediterranean Archaeology from University College London, supervised by (Dr Corinna Riva and Dr Borja Legarra-Herrero). During my Masters thesis I researched new approaches to the study of prehistoric maritime activity in the central Mediterranean, applying multi-scalar approaches using quantitative and qualitative methods, though the use of GIS.

I have five years of experience in commercial archaeology in the U.K, in which I worked as a project officer and geomatics specialist.

Research Interests:

  • GIS.
  • Spatial Analysis.
  • Photogrammetry.
  • Soil Micromorphology and Geoarchaeology.
  • Site Formation Processes.
  • Built Environments.
  • Archaeological Theory.

Research Groups:

Landscape, Climate and Lived Environment

Objects, Materials and People

       A Guaggenti




Dr Wendy Matthews (University of Reading)

Professor Roger Matthews (University of Reading)

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