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

9-11 September 2020: Conference

From Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 september 2020, the Italian Botanic Society will host the Conference:   115° Congresso S.B.I.   The nEU-Med team project will present the talk: 10 September Symposium Palinology and Palaeobotany Elisa Furia, Anna Maria Mercuri (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Mauro Paolo Buonincontri (University of Siena), Gaetano Di Pasquale (University of Naples “Federico II”), Giovanna Bianchi (University of Siena), Vita e paesaggio vegetale e culturale della Toscana medievale secondo il progetto nEU-Med   Due to… Continue reading

13 and 14 July 2020: Conference

On Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July 2020, the School of Specialization in Architectural and Landscape Heritage of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) will host the Conference:   Studi Superficiali Ricerche sulle malte tradizioni e sui sistemi di finitura medievali e moderni   The nEU-Med team project will present the talk: 14 July Giovanna Bianchi, Francesca Droghini, Marco Giamello, Lorenzo Marasco, Andrea Scala (University of Siena), Produrre e miscelare la calce in un cantiere regio di X secolo     Due to… 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

22 May 2020: WEBinar – The coins and the contexts of finding

The economic role of Vetricella in Scarlino in the Medieval trade characterising the coastal valleys of southern Tuscany is suggested by the discovery of coins. The central building of the site, the tower, played an important collecting role between the last quarter of the 10th century and the beginning of the 11th century AD. In fact, Kings’ of Italy “denari”, Berengar I, Hugh and Lothar II, and Marquis’ of Tuscany, Hugh the Great, minted in Pavia and Lucca, were found… Continue reading

22 may 2020: WEBinar – Early Medieval metal finds

The study of metal artefacts from the site of Vetricella in Scarlino can offer significant insight on aspects of day-to-day life as well as past technological practices. The presence of artefacts related to the riding tackle is significant, mostly horse-shoes and horseshoeing nails, but also prick spurs and harness gear. A variety of tools is associated with manual work or daily subsistence practices, such as leather, bone and woodwork, smithing and textile-working. Alexander Agostini, research grant assignee in the nEU-Med… Continue reading

18 May 2020: WEBinar – Early Medieval glass artefacts

Glass cups, beakers and lamps, also in precious blue glass, were in use on the tableware and in liturgical activities at the Vetricella site in Scarlino. Fine goblets with a cup made from blown glass, with a cast stem and foot, were intended for the royal emissaries frequenting the large tower in the centre of the site between the second half of 10th and the beginning of 11th century AD. Letizia Castelli, Specialisation Diploma in Archaeology (University of Florence), shows… Continue reading

18 May 2020: WEBinar – Single fired glazed and red slip-paint pottery

Jugs and jars on the dining table of the royal court in Vetricella. Arianna Briano, PhD student in the nEU-Med project, shows the research on pottery fragments with glazed or slip covers from the archaeological site.  The fragments can be attributed to small and medium-sized jugs or jars, decorated with red slip-paint and slip lines or single fired glazed. They came from different supply areas and were the vessels for the dining table of the middle and upper classes frequenting… Continue reading

18 May 2020: WEBinar – Ceramic finds of common use: some cases of analysis

The study of ceramic finds from the site of Vetricella in Scarlino introduces us to the domestic life and dining table of a royal court between the 9th and 10th century AD. Luisa Russo, PhD student in the nEU-Med project, analysed over 2,000 pottery fragments from the tower and the inner ditch, in order to understand production, use and commerce of coarse, fine and “selezionata” wares in south-western Tuscany.       Continue reading