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New Directions in Early Medieval European Archaeology: Spain and Italy Compared
Essays for Riccardo Francovich

S. Gelichi, R. Hodges (eds.)
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367 p., 86 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2015
ISBN: 978-2-503-56520-0
Languages: English
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This book of essays is dedicated to the memory of Riccardo Francovich, one of Europe’s most eminent Medieval archaeologists, who died in 2007. It began as a one-day conference held at the British School at Rome the day after Riccardo Francovich would have been 65 years old, on the 11 June 2011.
The book takes as its core theme a comparison of Italian and Spanish Medieval Archaeology, in each case challenging the status quo and attempting to move the boundaries of our historical discussions ever forwards. The volume attempts to evaluate if the Medieval Archaeology of these two important Mediterranean countries, largely unfamiliar on the international stage, with their different ‘histories’, can be compared. To do this, a key moment in their formation is reviewed - the passage from the Ancient to the Medieval world. This approach highlights not only the identifi cation of singular conjunctures (the impact of the new ‘barbaric’ aristocracies on the social structures of the Roman world, and how Islam was established, for example, in the peninsula as in Sicily), but also parallel evolutions at the macro-structural level (for example, conditions in towns and the countryside). Taking the paradigm of fragmentation as a basic starting-point that characterizes the western world after the fall of the Roman Empire, it offers comparative archaeologies in terms of themes, but above all else in terms of shared methods.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sauro Gelichi & Richard Hodges

Spain

Lauro Olmo: The Materiality of Complex Landscapes: central Iberia during 6th-8th centuries A.D.
Sonja Gutierrez: The Early al-Andalus: An archaeological approach to the process of Islamization in the Iberian Peninsula (7th to 10th centuries)
Antonio Malpica: The emergence of the city in al-Andalus
Antonio Quiros: The other Spain. The formation of seigneurial society in Alava
Avelino Gutierrez: The other Iberian Peninsula: the cities in Early Medieval Spain

Italy

Alessandra Molinari: ‘Islamisation’ and the rural world: Sicily and al-Andalus. What kind of archaeology?
Ghislaine Noyé: The still Byzantine Calabria : a case study
Richard Hodges: The idea of the polyfocal ‘town’?  Archaeology and the origins of medieval urbanism in Italy
Sauro Gelichi: Societies at the edge: new cities in the Adriatic sea during the Early Middle Ages (8th-9th c. A. D.)
Giovanna Bianchi: Analyzing the fragmentation during the early middle ages: Tuscany’s model and the countryside of the Centre-North Italy
 

Chris  Wickham: The economy of Italy and Spain in the early middle ages
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Social & economic history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : auxiliary sciences
Archaeology
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Urban history
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Merovingian & Carolingian period

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