Alessandro Carabia

Alessandro Carabia

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • MA in Archaeology (University of Siena)
  • BA in Archaeological Heritage Science (University of Siena)


As long as I can remember I have always wanted to be an archaeologist, inspired several school trips that I undertook in primary school to the Etruscan and Roman sites around my home city of Grosseto. I pursued my interest in archaeology with a BA and MA in Archaeology at the University of Siena, participating in a number of field work projects during the years. Following my MA research I spent a month in Paris at the Écolé Normalle Supérieure and ninth months of as an Erasmus exchange student at the University of Edinburgh. After my graduation I took a “long” gap year volunteering for the University of Siena and working in UK as field archaeologist and surveyor. 

Doctoral research

PhD title
Space, population and economy in a frontier region: Liguria in the context of the Western Byzantine provinces AD 500-700
Professor Leslie Brubaker
Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)


The last 30 years have seen an increasing interest in the late antique and early medieval phases across Europe. Within this picture, Liguria is rarely mentioned in studies of early medieval Italy and often considered somewhat atypical of wider regional developments, especially when it comes to the Byzantine occupation between the 6th and 7th centuries.  By adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, and combining my expertise in archaeological fieldworks, my research re-evaluates the importance of Liguria as a component of Byzantium’s territories in the western Mediterranean and explores how models of ‘survival and adaptation’ might be used to understand Liguria within its frontier context. Comparing Liguria with other Western peripheral provinces of the Empire, including the Balearic Islands and Sardinia, my research will explore the developing factors that affected the Byzantine westernmost areas during the early medieval period. The aim of this research is to establish a new protocol through which we might better understand the Mediterranean world of the 7th century. 

Source of Funding: Midland3Cities

Other activities

Conference papers:

  • CAA 2015: Keep the revolution going, Siena, 30 March/3 April 2015.
    Title of the paper (in collaboration with Dr. Stefano Costa): GQBwiki goes open. 
  • Reinventing Procopius: New reading on Late Antique Historiography, Oxford, Corpus Christi College, 17-18 January 2014.
  • Poster title: Dara, the story of the city of Procopius through pictures. 
  • ArcheoFoss 2012: Free, Libre and Open Source Software e Open Format nei processi di ricerca archeologica, Roma, Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo delle Terme, 12-13 June 2012.
  • Poster title:  Wiki=Beta: il modus vivendi di un sistema per documentare la ricerca.