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The course aims to equip students with a basic preparation in medieval archaeology and methods of working in the field. Students are guided through all the operational phases beginning with the historical issues tied to the study of a certain area, initial analysis, excavation site, and post excavation. Numerous research themes of the discipline are presented along with a picture of medieval civilisation with material evidence
The “Medieval archaeology” course illustrates the various phases of archaeological research, from initial surveys, to stratigraphical excavation, to post excavation elaboration of archaeological data and it gives a picture of medieval society with particular reference to settlements, monumental evidence and artefacts.
Teaching teaching is aimed at both students without direct excavation experience and those who have already dealt with practical work in the field. After a general overview of modern archaeological techniques, both in the initial and preventive phase of the research, in the construction site activity and in the post-excavation laboratory, the course intends to address the main themes of medieval archeology as outlined in the latter decades: from urban archeology to fortification, from the archeology of churches and monasteries to the archeology of mentality, from the archeology of power structures to the archeology of infrastructures, to the archeology of production, with particular regard to the types of ceramics . The problems of settlements and traffic will be illustrated, a picture of the most significant monumental testimonies, the characteristics of the house and its furnishings.
There are no specific requirements for this teaching
Lectures with extensive use of audiovisual material. Possible visits to archaeological complexes. Practical excavation work.
General knowledge of Medieval archaeology. Stratigraphical excavation. Prospecting and archaeometric analysis. Settlements and road systems. Monumental evidence, structural characteristics and building techniques. Places of worship and burial. Archaeology of production and artefacts
S. GELICHI, Introduzione all'archeologia medievale. Storia e ricerca in Italia, Carocci, Roma 2000.
R. FRANCOVICH (a cura di), Archeologia e storia del Medioevo italiano, La Nuova Italia Scientifica, Roma 1987.
M. DE BOUARD, Manuel d'archéologie médiévale. De la fouille à l'histoire, SEDES, Paris 1975.
Dizionario di archeologia. Temi, concetti e metodi, a cura di R. Francovich e D. Manacorda, Laterza, Bari 2000.
T. MANNONI, La ceramica medievale a Genova e nella Liguria, Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri, Bordighera.Genova 1975.
Archeologia urbana a Savona: scavi e ricerche nel complesso monumentale del Priamàr. II. 2. Palazzo della Loggia (scavi 1969-1989). I materiali, a cura di C. Varaldo,Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri, Bordighera-Savona 2001.
Museo archeologico di Savona al Priamàr, a cura di R. Lavagna, Sagep, Genova 1996.
FABRIZIO BENENTE (President)
GIAN BATTISTA GARBARINO (Substitute)
The candidate will be asked to critically present themes and issues addressed during the lessons, or knowledge and understanding of the texts listed in the appropriate section of the Bibliography item (if not attending students).
Non-attending students and Erasmus students can also agree on an individual and differentiated program with the teacher.
An oral test that aims to evaluate the candidate's understanding of the course contents but also the acquisition of a methodology to "understand" the results of archaeological research.
Students who demonstrate basic knowledge of Late Antique and Medieval Archeology will pass the exam. To achieve an excellence assessment, students must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the content, mastery of specific relevant terminology and critical awareness, as well as the ability to propose relevant arguments and links.