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Riccardo Francovich Award 2020

The Malatesta Fort in Ascoli Piceno which houses the Museum of the Early Middle Ages.

Riccardo Francovich Award 2020 - VIII edition, year 2020

The online voting for the assignment of the "Francovich" Award 2020, the prestigious recognition that the SAMI (Society of Italian Medieval Archaeologists) bestows on a museum, park or archaeological complex that has distinguished itself in the ways of communicating its contents to the general public.

The president of SAMI, Paul Arthur, Professor of Medieval Archeology at the University of Salento, announced the winners for 2020, which are: the Museum of the Early Middle Ages of Ascoli Piceno, which obtained 42,48 per cent of the preferences of the 7580 voters, and the Archaeological complex of Santa Eulalia in Cagliari, which instead received the highest preferences (24,44 per cent) among SAMI shareholders.

SAMI president, Paul Raymond Arthur, Professor of Medieval Archeology at the University of Salento.
SAMI president, Paul Raymond Arthur, Professor of Medieval Archeology at the University of Salento.

The results of the votes

SAMI partners

  • Archaeological complex of S. Eulalia in Cagliari 24,44%
  • National Archaeological Museum of Cividale del Friule, Udine 22,22%
  • Deruta Regional Ceramics Museum, Perugia 13,33%
  • Museum of the Early Middle Ages of Ascoli Piceno 13,33%
  • Museum and Monumental Complex of Torcello, Venice 11,11%
  • Gaite market in Bevagna, Perugia 8,89%
  • Kaukana Archaeological Site, Ragusa 6,67%

Audience

Total voters: 7580

  • Museum of the Early Middle Ages of Ascoli Piceno 42,48%
  • Gaite market in Bevagna, Perugia 16,99%
  • Archaeological complex of S. Eulalia in Cagliari 15,20%
  • Deruta Regional Ceramics Museum, Perugia 14,36%
  • Kaukana Archaeological Site, Ragusa 9,24%
  • National Archaeological Museum of Cividale del Friule, Udine 0,88%
  • Museum and Monumental Complex of Torcello, Venice 0,83%

The seven museums-sites had been selected by the Judging Commission, chaired by Paul Arthur (President of SAMI; Professor of Medieval Archeology, Univ. Salento), is composed of Eva degl'Innocenti (Director, National Archaeological Museum of Taranto), Francesca Morandini ( Civic Museums of Art and History of Brescia), Fabio Pagano (Directorate General of Museums, MIBAC), Piero Pruneti (Director of Living Archeology), Giuliano Volpe (Professor of Medieval Archeology, Univ. Foggia), Anna Maria Visser (Professor of Museology , Univ. Ferrara).

One of the rooms of the Malatesta Fort of Ascoli Piceno.
One of the rooms of the Malatesta Fort of Ascoli Piceno.
The martyrdom of Saint Eulalia in a painting by John William Waterhouse (1885) at Tate Britain.
The martyrdom of Saint Eulalia in a painting by John William Waterhouse (1885) at Tate Britain.
Excavations under the church of Santa Eulalia in Cagliari.
Excavations under the church of Santa Eulalia in Cagliari.
The Malatesta Fort in Ascoli Piceno which houses the Museum of the Early Middle Ages.
The Malatesta Fort in Ascoli Piceno which houses the Museum of the Early Middle Ages.

Tribute to Winspeare

The jury of the "Francovich" Prize then awarded special recognition to the Italian director Edoardo Carlo Winspeare Guicciardi for his work of disseminating medieval traditions, in particular with the films Pizzicata and Filia Solis and for his activism in favor of culture and landscape of Salento.

The director Edoardo Winsperare.
The director Edoardo Winsperare.

Award ceremony at "tourismA"

The public award ceremony is scheduled for “tourismA 2020” in the large auditorium of the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, on Saturday 22 February at 12:20. The "Francovich" Prize is awarded annually by SAMI to commemorate the medieval archaeologist Riccardo Francovich (1946-2007), founder of the journal Medieval Archeology and considered the main exponent of the group of scholars who contributed to the birth of this discipline in Italy.


The page of the Award on the website of the journal "Archeologia Viva": https://www.archeologiaviva.it/13734/premio-francovich-2020/