The SEEDD Project
Southeast Europe Digital Documentation
Roman Archaeology at the Edge of Empire
Roman history has long been missing a chapter—a chapter that played out in Bosnia and Herzgovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Clues to that history exist in the remains of five imperial residences, numerous military installations, and an architecturally imposing archbishopric. It is a story of a region that existed as a way-point along a sensitive frontier between East and West. It is a story that includes a critical role in the development of early Christian life and culture. It is a story about the birthplace of no fewer than eighteen emperors.
This project seeks to tell that story.
Transcending modern political boundaries that have concealed the region's crucial significance in antiquity, the Southeast Europe Digital Documentation Project (SEEDD) is integrating and expanding access to archaeological information from self-contained sites across the region with cutting-edge methods including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 3D modeling, and state-of-the-art databasing technologies. This project, for the first time, asserts the importance of the region as a de facto capital of the Roman Empire and a vibrant, if unacknowledged, cultural crossroads in Late Antiquity.
Dionysus from Felix Romuliana
Fresco from Sirmium