Tag: Urban History in the Ancient World


The shape of the Roman world

‘ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World’ simulates the time and price costs of travel by land, river and sea across the mature imperial transportation network, notionally approximating conditions around 200 CE. In the version used for this paper, the model links some 750 sites (mostly cities but also some landmarks such as passes and promontories) by means of c.85,000 kilometers of Roman roads selected to represent the principal arterial connections throughout the empire.


The Subsidiary Temple of Nekhtnebef at Tell el-Balamun

The subsidiary temple constructed by Nekhtnebef (Nectanebo I) as a barque-station on the cross-axis of the Amun-Temple at Tell el-Balamun has been the subject of excavation during various seasons of excavation at the site by the British Museum, most recently in Spring 2004. The accumulated understanding of the monument gained through this work is now sufficient to present some conclusions on its design and how it compares with other temples of the period.


Kushite buildings at Kawa

A number of temples, other religious monuments and houses were excavated at Kawa in the 1920s and 1930s by the Oxford Excavation Committee. The current survey and excavation project by the Sudan Archaeological Research Society has been recording many additional buildings of the early Kushite period, some of which are presented in this article.