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CODE 65083
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-ANT/08
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

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

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Medieval Archeology course aims to promote understanding of the main fields of archaeological research dedicated to the study of late ancient and medieval society, with particular reference to: the crisis and transformation of cities and the countryside between the 5th and 13th centuries; to the material reflections of the Christianization of urban and rural space; to the formation of the medieval landscape; the birth of medieval villages and castles; to the archeology of the production and circulation of artefacts.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.

PREREQUISITES

There are no specific requirements for this teaching

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures with extensive use of audiovisual material. Possible visits to archaeological complexes. Practical excavation work.

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities  and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with  the Department’s disability liaison

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

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

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

A. AUGENTI, Archeologia dell'Italia medievale, Laterza, 2016.
G. BROGIOLO, A. CHAVARRIA ARNAU, Archeologia postlassica,Temi, strumenti, prospettive, Carocci 2020
A. CHAVARRIA ARNAU, Archeologia delle chiese. Dalle origini all'anno Mille, Carocci 2018
S. GELICHI (a cura di), Quarant'anni di Archeologia Medievale in Italia, Archeologia Medievale, numero speciale, 2014
F. BENENTE,  Il Castello di Rivarola. Campagne di scavo 1996/97 e Indagini archeologiche 2018, Oltre Edizioni, 2019
F. BENENTE, San Nicolao di Pietra Colice. Indagine archeologica su un caso di omicidio, Oltre Edizioni 2021

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

20 February 2024

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam.

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.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

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.