Book Series MediTo - Archaeological and Historical Landscapes of Mediterranean Central Italy, vol. 3

Archaeological Landscapes of Late Antique and Early Medieval Tuscia

Research and Field Papers

Riccardo Rao, Alessandro Sebastiani (eds)

  • Pages: 204 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:57 b/w, 32 col., 2 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60499-2
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  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60500-5
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Riccardo Rao is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Bergamo.

Alessandro Sebastiani is Associate Professor of Roman Archaeology at the Department of Classics at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).


This volume, the third in the series MediTo, investigates the changing landscapes of Tuscany during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Through a selection of thematic case studies, presented initially during the second International workshop held in Paganico (Grosseto, Italy) in June 2019 and here further developed, the volume explores the concepts of settlement, economic, and societal changes in both Tuscany and its broader Mediterranean context over the course of several centuries. Together, the contributions gathered here showcase how cities and rural settlements, when studied in their archaeological and historical context, shed light on a dynamic landscape in which natural resources played a crucial role in defining the success or later abandonment of sites.


List of Illustrations

Alessandro Sebastiani and Riccardo Rao

1. The City of Pisae from Late Antiquity to the Early Medieval Period
Antonio Alberti

2. Infrastructure, Water Management, Settlement, Agriculture, and Funerary Landscapes near Rusellae in the longue durée
Stefano Campana

3. 'The River and the Villa'. The Arno and the Vetti Villa between the Late Roman and the High-Middle Ages: A Complex Relationship 
Federico Cantini and Gianluca Martinez

4. Late Antique and Early Medieval Rusellae. Archaeology and Anthropology of the Cemetery of the Episcopal Church
Mariagrazia Celuzza, Elena O. Watson, Alexis C. Goots, Mari I. Isa, Jared S. Beatrice, Emily R. Streetman and Todd W. Fenton

5. The Coastal ager Rusellanus between the Fourth and Sixth centuries AD
Elena Chirico and Alessandro Sebastiani

6. The nEU-Med Project: Archaeology of a Coastal District in Tuscany during the Early Middle Ages
Luisa Dallai and Lorenzo Marasco

7. Cosa during Late Antiquity
Andrea U. De Giorgi, Michelle Hobart, Melissa Ludke, and Russell T. Scott

8. Cityness: A Chimera in Early Medieval Tuscany
Richard Hodges

9. Late Roman Luna in the Light of the Porta Marina Excavations
Simonetta Menchelli, Stefano Genovesi, and Rocco Marcheschi

10. When the Countryside Changes: Landscape between Places of Power and the Environment in Central and Northern Italy
Fabio Saggioro

11. Landscapes between the Sea and the Hills: An Early Medieval City in Roman Tuscia
Francesca Romana Stasolla 

12. The Landscapes of Power in Mediterranean Tuscany (c. 750–850)
Paolo Tomei