Maria Moreno Escobar

Researcher, Doctor in Archaeology, MSc Archaeological Computing, BA History (Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology)

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As researcher, I study Classical societies in the Mediterranean through a combination of historical and archaeological research and computing methodologies and applications, based on my mixed education as historian, archaeologist and computer scientist. This diverse background has allowed me to explore issues such as the cultural changes associated to the Roman conquest of Baetica and the territorial organisation of coastal areas in the Mediterranean.

Amongst my main achievements in research is the identification of locations associated to the signalling system for the navigation on the River Tiber between Portus, Ostia and Rome through means of topographic modelling and spatial analysis, and the generation of new interpretations about the Romanisation of Baetica by exploring the changes in its territories and landscapes. I have also led the creation of several data resources for archaeological research, such as the ARCA database, an online database storing information of c. 2300 sites in Southern Spain. 

I am currently working on the project 'Beyond ports: Movement and connectivity in the Roman Mediterranean', funded by the Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council), at the Lund University (Sweden).


I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and have taught in several undergraduate and postgraduate modules and courses on Classical Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology and Computing Applications in Archaeology at the University of Durham, the University of Southampton and the Pablo de Olavide University of Seville (Spain) between 2012 and 2021.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

UKÄ subject classification

  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Free keywords

  • Classical archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Geographic Information system (GIS)
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Territorial transformations
  • navigation
  • Maritime Archaeology


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