An artificial transportation system will be modeled in order to determine the dominant factors influencing access to a settlement and to make it possible to interpret the position of a road network. This artificial transportation system will be simulated using a model whose parameters are predefined by environmental factors and archaeological sources. An important question concerns how the roads led to interactions. What factors influence the location of a road network? Is the degree of centrality of the settlement reflected in the transportation system?

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