IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1303: GIS as a Tool for Understanding Medieval Road Systems

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:South-Eastern European Medievalists Network (SEEM-N)
Organiser:Francesco Dall'Aglio, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Napoli
Moderator/Chair:Jake Ransohoff, Department of Medieval Studies, University of Chicago
Paper 1303-aHistorical Geographical Information Systems: The Modelling of a Byzantine Road in the Strumica Valley
(Language: English)
Markus Breier, Arbeitsgruppe Kartographie und Geoinformation, Universität Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Computing in Medieval Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1303-bMoving through Medieval Macedonia: Late Modern Cartography, Archive Material, and Hydrographic Data Used for the Regressive Modelling of Transportation Networks
(Language: English)
Mihailo Popović, Institut für Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Computing in Medieval Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1303-cSetting Some Rules: The Evolution of the Medieval Road Network and Its Administrative Structure in Northern Transylvania
(Language: English)
Oana Toda, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Administration, Geography and Settlement Studies, Law
Abstract

This session is primarily concerned with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in creating a method of modeling historical roads. Very often, medieval roads cited in historical sources are no longer existent, and locating a known route could be impossible; GIS surveys, combined with an extensive analysis of historical sources and archeological data, can be an excellent tool to reconstruct the outline of a road, or of a network of roads, offering the historians an invaluable help.