Alum landscapes. Archaeology of production and network economy

Luisa Dallai (edited by), Giovanna Bianchi (edited by),        Francesca Romana Stasolla (edited by)  Download eBook     Alum is an extremely versatile and precious raw material, used since classical times in alchemy, pharmacy, leather tanning and in various fields of metallurgy. Since the Middle Ages, the best known use of alum obtained from the processing of alunite has been linked to dyeing; it is in fact an excellent mordant, and even today, artisan dyestuffs make extensive use of it.… Continue reading

The nEU-Med WEBinars: a series of on-line lectures

The nEU-Med WEBinars are a series of on-line lectures held and recorded for the publication of the book The nEU-Med Project: Vetricella, An Early Medieval royal property on Tuscany’s Mediterranean, Giovanna Bianchi and Richard Hodges editors (Firenze, All’Insegna del Giglio, 2020).   Download eBook   The WEBinars present the multi-disciplinary research focussed upon the key site of the project, Vetricella, and its territory. Vetricella is thought to be the site of Valli, a royal property in the Tuscan march. Located… Continue reading

The nEU-Med project: Vetricella, an Early Medieval royal property on Tuscany’s Mediterranean

            Giovanna Bianchi (edited by), Richard Hodges (edited by)      Download eBook           This volume presents the multi-disciplinary research focussed upon the key site of the project, Vetricella, and its territory. Vetricella is thought to be the site of Valli, a royal property in the Tuscan march. It is the only Early Medieval property to be extensively studied in Italy. Located on Italy’s Tyrrhenian coast, the archaeology and history of this site provide… Continue reading

Journal Articles

Chiarantini, L., Benvenuti, M., Bianchi, G., Dallai, L., Volpi, V., Manca, R. 2021. Medieval Pb (Cu-Ag) Smelting in the Colline Metallifere District (Tuscany, Italy): Slag Heterogeneity as a Tracer of Ore Provenance and Technological Process. Minerals, 11(2), 97. doi:10.3390/min11020097 [URL] [pdf] Chiarantini, L., Villa, I.M., Volpi, V., Bianchi, G., Benvenuti, M., Cicali, C., Donati, A., Manca, R., Hodges, R. 2021. Economic rebound versus imperial monopoly: Metal provenance of Early Medieval coins (9th–11th centuries) from some Italian and French mints. Journal of… Continue reading

3-6 September 2021: International Conference

From Friday 3 to Monday 6 September 2021, the Centro di Studi per la Storia delle Campagne e del Lavoro Contadino in Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) will host the 22nd International Laboratory of Agrarian History:   Politiche per la campagna Agricoltura, insediamenti e lavoro   The nEU-Med project team will present the talk: 6 September Giovanna Bianchi, Mauro Buonincontri (Università di Siena), Politiche regie e signorili nelle campagne toscane (IX-XII secolo): una lettura attraverso le fonti materiali       Continue reading

La ceramica a vetrina sparsa nella Toscana altomedievale – produzione, cronologia e distribuzione

Arianna Briano Download eBook     The sparse glazed pottery is a single-fired glazed ceramic class which has not been studied in Tuscany due to the general lack of archaeological finds. The volume presents the “case study” of the castle of Donoratico (LI), which has returned a truly exceptional quantity of sparse glazed ceramics. In addition to the study of this context, it has been analysed also the sparse glazed ware from other Tuscan sites located in the area investigated… Continue reading

Arianna Briano – Early Medieval Sparse Glazed Pottery in Tuscany

In the framework of the ERC nEU-Med, Arianna Briano’s PhD project focused on the study of single fired sparse glazed pottery. The research aimed at identifying types and production techniques, defining the chronology and productive sites in Tuscany during the Early Middle Ages. The research method was twofold, involving a conventional study approach, humanistic and taxonomic, and a more technical and scientific one with archaeometric analyses. In fact, 75 specimens were analyzed, in addition to the cataloguing of each individual… Continue reading

Alexander Agostini – The Analysis and Study of the Metal Finds from the Site of Vetricella

Metal artefacts, whether iron, copper alloy or lead, present a number of methodological and conservation issues when compared to other classes of archaeological materials and although they cannot always provide the necessary chronological footholds offered by well-established pottery seriations, they can however offer significant insight on other aspects of day-to-day life as well as past technological practices. In the short interview we will follow Alexander Agostini, research grant assignee in the ERC nEU-Med project, in his study of the over… Continue reading

Cristina Cicali – Coins, Archaeometallurgy and Archaeometry: the Numismatic Research

Where does the silver used to mint coins for Kings and Emperors and circulating in Tuscany between the 7th and the 12th century come from? Did the district of the Colline Metallifere, located in the regions western center and rich in polymetallic sulphide deposits, play a role in the mining of silver for coinage during the Medieval period? The work carried out by Cristina Cicali, research grant assignee in the ERC nEU-Med project, aims at answering these very questions. By… Continue reading