Adria is located in the northern Po delta at the edge of the Venice Lagoon, a sector of the Po Plain that was built by the late Holocene geomorphic activity of the Po, Adige and Tartaro rivers. Early settlements are dated to the Middle Bronze Age, and the city developed as a major urban centre during the Iron Age and Roman times. In the early Middle Ages, Adria survived as a local religious centre in the Venetian area, as evidenced by the existence of a 9th century AD church. The superimposition of archaeological deposits led to the upbuilding of an anthropogenic mound rising up to 5 m above the surrounding plain. The aim of this investigation is to understand the evolution of the city of Adria from the 1st millennium BC to the Middle Ages, and its relationships with the rearrangement of the river network and connected palaeogeographic setting.
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