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Manuela Ritondale

I am currently enrolled as joint-PhD student in the Management and Development of Cultural Heritage track at IMT School for Advanced Studiesand at the University of Groningen, Netherlands (Faculty of Arts, Groningen Institute of Archaeology).

I am member of the LYNX  Research Unit, the Center for the interdisciplinary Analysis of Images. 

In cooperation also with the Visual Computing Lab (ISTI-CNR), I am currently applying digital technologies to the analysis of underwater archaeological sites. Particularly my research aims to build both a suitable theory and a new methodology for the prediction of ancient routes and potential shipwreck locations in the Mediterranean Basin. 





University of Groningen


Ritondale M., Deep discoveries from the seabed of the Pontine Islands: the shipwrecks of Ventotene, Santo Stefano and Zannone, in Assemblage 13. The Sheffield Graduate Journal of Archaeology. (2014): 26-38.

Gambin, T., Ritondale M., Zarattini A., I cinque relitti di Ventotene, in Ghini G. (ed.), Lazio e Sabina 6. Atti del Sesto Incontro di Studi sul Lazio e la Sabina Roma 4-6 marzo 2009. Edizioni Quasar. Roma 2010

Presentations and Lectures

"Debating maritime scales in seaborne trades: investigating changes in Roman-time Mediterranean connectivity through a network analysis of shipwrecks’ cargoes" - Digital Humanities Day, Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Groningen, 26-27 October 2017.

"Input-Data Biases: Meeting the Challenges of Building Interdisciplinary Predictive Models in a Multinational Maritime Context"- ARCHON – GIS days at the VU; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 15 September 2017.

"The Roman shipwreck of Punta dell’Arco (Ventotene) and the lead transport in the late Republic" - Deguwa 2016, IN POSEIDON´S REALM XXI Archaeological Heritage Office of Saxony. Dresden 21-24 April 2016

"Application of network analysis to the trade routes of antiquities passing through the pontine islands" - 43rd Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Annual Conference. Siena 30 March - 3 April 2015

Best practices to re-use remote sensing data coming from marine geophysical surveys for the 3D reconstruction of underwater archaeological deep-sites" - 44th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (CAA 2016). Oslo,  29th Match–2nd April 2016.

Evocative virtual exploration of underwater sites: Issues and approaches" - 44th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (CAA 2016). Oslo,  29th Match–2nd April 2016.