Creating a digital map of premodern transport and mobility
Geography is a central factor in the study of premodern exchange, economically also expressed in information asymmetry and transaction costs. Patterns of trade are to a large degree determined by geography and the visualisation of market exchange is an important tool in economic history. In the last decades, the interaction of markets has received a lot of attention. Trade networks and market integration are research topics of lasting popularity. The underlying methodology has profited immensely from computerization and digitization.
The Viabundus project is carried out by the IHLF (Institute for Historical Regional Studies) at the University of Göttingen in cooperation with the FGHO. Work on the area of todays Lower Saxony is funded by Pro*Niedersachsen and is set to run until the end of 2020. It covers the area of todays Lower Saxony. You can find further information on the project here.
The FGHO coordinates the project partners, but also contributes to the database by submitting data on the area of todays Schleswig-Holstein. We are working closely with another currently running sub-project in Denmark, a shared effort between Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum, digitizing overland trade routes in todays Denmark.
A workshop in Göttingen in October 2019 marked the beginning of the runtime of a third sub-project at the University of Magdeburg. Funded by the Friedrich-Christian-Lesser-Stiftung, this project maps medieval road networks in the area of todays northern Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.
Further regional projects expanding the project area, namely to the Netherlands and Belgium, Poland and the Baltic States are in planning.