Eli J. S. Weaverdyck

Eli Weaverdyck is a Roman historian and archaeologist specializing in ancient economies, landscape archaeology, and GIS. He earned his PhD from the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. His dissertation developed new, spatial analytical methods to elucidate the impact of the Roman army on local, rural economies on the lower Danubian frontier. He was a fellow at the American Research Center in Sofia from 2014 to 2015 and taught for the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan in 2017. Since 2013, Weaverdyck has been the GIS manager for the Molyvoti, Thrace Archaeology Project, investigating a Greek emporion on the north coast of the Aegean and its connections to the hinterland in the central Rhodope plain. He has also conducted fieldwork in the Corinthia and the Argolid.


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Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies Volume 2: Local, Regional, and Imperial Economies

The second volume of the Handbook describes different extractive economies in the world regions that have been outlined in the first volume. A wide range of economic actors – from kings and armies to cities and producers – are discussed within different imperial settings as well as the tools, which enabled and constrained economic outcomes.

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Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies Volume 1: Contexts

The three-volume Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies is the main deliverable of the BaSaR project. It aims to offer a comprehensive discussion of economic development in the empires of the Afro-Eurasian world region and elucidate the conditions under which large quantities of goods and people moved across continents and between empires. Volume 1 provides succinct

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The Role of Forts in the Local Market System in the Lower Rhine: Towards a Method of Multiple Hypothesis Testing Through Comparative Modelling

This paper analyses rural settlement patterns in the Lower Rhine frontier
zone to elucidate the role of forts in the rural economy. Von Thünen’s model of rural
marketing suggests that market centres attract intensive cultivation, making them
identifiable through spatial analysis of rural settlements. Environmental factors that
influenced production capacity, however, can also be expected

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Andrew Wilson (ed.), Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World. Oxford studies on the Roman economy. Reviewed by Eli J. S. Weaverdyck, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität

This book is the fourth in a series of conference proceedings organized by the editors as part of the Oxford Roman Economy Project (OxREP). After an introduction, the book is divided into three sections, one on the state and institutions, one on trade within the empire, and one on trade across the frontiers.