Archeologia Medievale, L, 2023 – “Scienze dure”, storia e archeologia del Medioevo: verso nuovi paradigmi? / “Hard sciences”, history and archaeology of the Middle Ages: towards new paradigms

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Author: Alessandra Molinari (ed.), Chris Wickham (ed.)
Year of printing: 2023
ISBN: 9788892852341
e-ISBN: 9788892852358


Ten years ago the Journal's fortieth anniversary was celebrated with a special issue, an opportunity to reflect on what had been done and how the discipline had developed, all seen through the history of a periodical that had accompanied its journey since the first steps. The volume critically addressed some themes which, in an essentially historical-cultural approach, had attracted the interest of researchers in our country and, at the same time, attempted possible connections with the developments of Italian and European archaeology, capturing critical issues and points of strength. A volume which was therefore a balance sheet on the past, but also a possible bridge towards the future.
After a decade, on the occasion of the Fifty Years of the Journal (anniversaries remain numbers if we do not seize the opportunity they offer for critical advancement), the Journal publishes a monograph dedicated to the relationship between medieval archeology and the "sciences harsh”, therefore it does so by inserting itself into a space which, perhaps more than others, has marked the epistemological basis of our research in innovative forms. But this is not an exception, because the Journal, in the last ten years, has often promoted and published monographic issues which have variously intercepted and developed current topics: from very sectoral ones but which addressed the potential of new sources (for example the number on early medieval amphorae); to others closer to the historical mainstream but read through a new archaeological lens (the issue on the juncture of the fourteenth century); to others, again, who attempted to rethink the relationship between post-ancient archaeologies and the past in their most diverse declinations, also fitting into a trend, perhaps a little too fashionable today, such as that of "public archaeology" ( let's think about the issue on medieval archeology and identity). In essence, we believe that the Journal, in addition to welcoming the best that was offered by national research, was able to identify and develop autonomous and in some ways original paths, to grasp what was innovative in the field of international archeology and try to translate it in proposals that looked at an archeology of the future freed from the constraints in which a large part of our national tradition is still confined. Medieval Archaeology, in all these years, has maintained its "typically academic" title but also the subtitle (Material Culture. Settlements. Territory) which, from the beginning, marked a clear autonomous and original space of research in the archaeological field. The cultural climate in which it was born, the first half of the 70s, explains much of that title and those orientations, but if the rigidity of certain ideological positions has mitigated over time and archeology rightly seems to go beyond chronological boundaries in which it is still academically inserted, that subtitle, in indicating a method and a specific space of action, still remains fully topical [...]

  • Gian Pietro Brogiolo, Sauro Gelichi, Alessandra Molinari, Editoriale doi 10.36153/am50.2023.00

“SCIENZE DURE”, STORIA E ARCHEOLOGIA DEL MEDIOEVO: VERSO NUOVI PARADIGMI? Seminario Internazionale (British School at Rome, Roma, 26-27 maggio 2022), a cura di Alessandra Molinari e Chris Wickham
“HARD SCIENCES”, HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE AGES: TOWARDS NEW PARADIGMS? International Seminar (British School at Rome, Rome, 26th-27th of May), edited by Alessandra Molinari and Chris Wickham

  • Alessandra Molinari, “Scienze dure”, storia e archeologia del Medioevo: verso nuovi paradigmi? Note introduttive doi 10.36153/am50.2023.01
  • Kristina Sessa, Writing Cultural History with Paleoscience: An Argument Against Consilience doi 10.36153/am50.2023.02
  • Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo, Lo scientific turn nella medievistica alla luce dell’esperienza del programma di ricerca di Alava (2005-2023) doi 10.36153/am50.2023.03
  • Giovanna Bianchi, Arricchire i paradigmi storici: archeologia e scienze dure nella costa del ‘modello toscano’ doi 10.36153/am50.2023.04
  • Enrico Giannichedda, Scienze dure e ventre molle doi 10.36153/am50.2023.05
  • Martin Carver, Joined-up synthesis in multi-disciplinary projects doi 10.36153/am50.2023.06
  • Anna Bini, Adrian L. Smith, Marco Milanese, Bioarchaeological approaches to human remains from cemetery areas to reconstruct a new biological history of the medieval Sardinian population doi 10.36153/am50.2023.07
  • Sylvie Yona Waksman, From carefully designed research to serendipity, and back. Byzantine and Frankish Chalcis as a case study in Eastern Mediterranean medieval pottery research doi 10.36153/am50.2023.08
  • Elisabetta Neri, “Hard sciences” e materiali vitrei: verso la costruzione di una fonte archeologica e storica doi 10.36153/am50.2023.09
  • Chris Wickham, Archaeology confronts new paradigms (again) doi 10.36153/am50.2023.10

Notizie scavi e lavori sul campo / News of excavations and field work

Notizie dall’Italia / Preliminary reports from Italy

  • Luisa Dallai, Giulio Poggi, Vanessa Volpi, Recenti indagini sui contesti minerari delle Colline Metallifere (Toscana, Italia). Metodologie, fonti, protocolli operativi e risultati doi 10.36153/am50.2023.11
  • Carlo Ebanista, Iolanda Donnarumma, Archeologia urbana a Cimitile: dati preliminari dagli scavi in vico Arco doi 10.36153/am50.2023.12

Note e discussioni / Notes and discussions

  • Federico Marazzi, Richard Hodges, “Reflections on Early Medieval Montecassino’s Epigraphic and Settlement Histories” (Archeologia Medievale XLIX, 2022, pp. 39-73). Reflections on reflections doi 10.36153/am50.2023.13
  • Paolo Forlin, Introducing the archaeological assessment of a medieval disaster: Friuli and the 1348 Eastern Alps earthquake doi 10.36153/am50.2023.14
  • Lisa Martinelli, Elisa Possenti, Francesco Carrer, Fabio Cavulli, Riflessioni sulle dinamiche di frequentazione di un settore alpino in età altomedievale attraverso lo studio dei reperti metallici: il sito di Busa delle Vette (Sovramonte, BL, 1850 m slm) doi 10.36153/am50.2023.15
  • Angela Lombardo, Massimo Vidale, The emperor’s gem. Methodology, recovery, micro-excavation of a semiprecious stone ornament from the imperial sarcophagus of Frederick II doi 10.36153/am50.2023.16


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S. Bertoldi, Santa Cristina in Caio. La lunga durata di un insediamento pubblico viario tra età romana e medioevo (Sauro Gelichi); A. Castrorao Barba, G. Castiglia (eds.), Perspectives on Byzantine Archaeology. From Justinian to the Abbasid Age (6th-9th Centuries AD) (Sauro Gelichi); G. Castiglia, Topografia della Toscana centro-settentrionale (Città e campagne dal IV al X secolo) (Giuliano Volpe)

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Weight :0,980 kg
Dimensions:29x21x1,5 cm


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