Aim of this dissertation is the development of the settlement landscape along Meuse and IJssel between 50 BC and 500 AD. Therefore the goal is to make conclusions in terms of the transformation of distribution patterns of settlements and the political organization of landscape in a region perceived as a „border zone“ on both sides of the „limes“.


The starting point is not a dichotomous idea of borders but a border with a dynamic character, which is (de)formed constantly, provided with a meaning, respected or crossed. With the help of network analysis, connections and differences in the settlement appearance shall be examined.

This Ph.D. thesis is being written within the program Landscape Archaeology and Architecture (LAA) of the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS).