Archeology of public goods. At the origins of economic growth in a Mediterranean region (IX-XI centuries)

Giovanna Bianchi Download eBook     Over forty years of research in the Tuscan Maremma, one of the best archeologically investigated territories in Europe; an ERC-Advanced project, nEU-Med, which made it possible to re-read old data and produce new ones thanks to intense multidisciplinary research; a theme, public goods, in recent years at the center of the interest of the historians of documentary sources, here declined through the material data. These are the starting points of the volume, in which… Continue reading

Multidisciplinary Survey in the Pecora river Valley

Registrations are now open for the multidisciplinary survey of the Pecora river Valley ( Massa Marittima, Grosseto, Italy) which will take place on September 2022 (5th-30th). The survey integrates different methodologies to reconstruct the archaeo-mining and archaeo-metallurgical features of the mining landscape of the Pecora river Valley. Main activities include: archaeological field walking campaigns LiDAR data analysis Historical mining cartography evaluation GIS management Planning of fieldwork activities with mobile GIS and dedicated portable applications   For further information, don’t hesitate… 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

Luisa Russo – The Study of Early Medieval Pottery Finds

How can one tackle the study of over 40,000 pottery fragments? Luisa Russo, ERC nEU-Med team member and PhD student, will show us how this can be done in her study of the Early Medieval assemblage of ceramic finds from Vetricella. Ceramic, as a guide fossil, is of paramount importance for tracing the history of production, commerce and consumption in southern Tuscany during that period. By identifying the fragment, Luisa reconstructs its shape, obtains a minimum number of forms and… Continue reading

Giulio Poggi – 3D Recording with Digital Photogrammetry

Photos! Photos! Photos! Many pictures are needed to elaborate 3D models of archaeological excavations. Giulio Poggi shows us how to record stratigraphic units by way of digital photogrammetry in order to reconstruct the chronological sequence of archaeological deposits from the excavations at Vetricella: capture methods and data processing. All of course compatible with the times and needs of an extensive archaeological research agenda.       Continue reading