Giacomo Ponticelli is an intern for the CURBATHERI project based at the University of Florence. He is part of the team together with prof. Michele Nucciotti, Dr. Elisa Pruno, Dr. Andrea Biondi and Dr. Elisa Broccoli. His work will concern the development of a GIS platform for the implementation ofthe management toolbox of WP4.
His field of expertise is Landscape Archaeology through field survey and GIS analyses. He is an active member of the “Medieval Petra” project. He participated in various excavation projects, both in Italy and abroad (Jordan and Poland), and has carried out reconnaissance activities in Lunigiana (northern Tuscany) for his BA thesis and in the environs of Shawbak castle (southern Jordan) for his MA project.
Giacomo’s current work focuses on the settlement patterns of the rural environs of Shawbak from the Crusader to the Ottoman period (12th to 16th century). In Jordan, he had the chance to study the visibility features of the landscape of Shawbak during the Late Roman and Byzantine periods, paying attention to the connection between fortified sites and the control over agriculturally exploitable areas. Among Giacomo’s main interests are landscape archaeology, stratigraphic analysis of standing buildings, ethno-anthropology. He has skills in open-source GIS mapping, spatial databases and remote sensing.