DA PLACENTIA A PLACENCIA. Trasformazione della morfologia urbana di Piacenza dall’età tardoantica all’alto Medioevo


Author: Mattia Francesco Antonio Cantatore
Year of printing: 2023
ISBN: 9788892852471
e-ISBN: 9788892852488


The city of Piacenza is one of the most important urban locations for the early Middle Ages in northern Italy. After a flourishing season of studies between the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, it was the subject of reflections and analyzes especially linked to the large documentary corpus, which often struggled to find a concrete meeting point with archaeological data. This research starts from the need to connect the different types of sources and attempt to propose a structured reading of the city, in the transformations that occurred between late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The systematization of the data deriving from the filing of urban excavations and written sources, substantiated here in two detailed catalogues, has made it possible to provide an overall picture of the city's evolution between the Roman age and the 10th century. The recent edition of the Piacenza maps up to the entire 9th century and the growing number of urban archaeological investigations have therefore made it possible to shed new light on the urban landscape, on the economic, social and cultural life of Piacenza.
Mattia Francesco Antonio Cantatore (Ph.D.), medieval archaeologist, is a freelancer who currently collaborates with the teachings of Medieval Archeology and Methodology of archaeological research at the University of Verona. In addition to directing the archaeological investigations at the Cathedral of Piacenza (PC), he has participated in several multi-year projects with technical management duties of the construction site. Among them, noteworthy are the excavations in the alpine village of Piuro (SO), the parish church of Santa Maria in Castello di Toano (RE), the parish church of Santa Maria di Castellarano (RE), the castle of Canossa (RE) and the necropolis of Falaj A' Souq and Yenpa in the Al-Bātina region of Oman.
  • Prefazione, di Maria Luisa Laddago, Marco Podini
  • Presentazione, di Andrea Augenti
  • Introduzione

1. Metodologia della ricerca

  • 1.1 Premessa
  • 1.2 Gli archivi della Soprintendenza e la documentazione di scavo
  • 1.3 Gli scavi: una ricognizione di materiali e contesti
  • 1.4 Le fonti scritte
  • 1.5 Il geodatabase e i cataloghi
  • 1.5.1 Il geodatabase: software e struttura
  • 1.5.2 I cataloghi: una breve guida

2. Geomorfologia

  • 2.1 Contesto geomorfologico
  • 2.2 La geomorfologia di Piacenza

3. L’organizzazione urbana

  • 3.1 L’impianto urbano e la rete stradale
  • 3.1.1 L’impianto urbano
  • 3.1.2 Il foro
  • 3.1.3 La rete stradale extraurbana
  • 3.1.4 La città vista dai suoi abitanti
  • 3.2 La gestione delle acque
  • 3.2.1 Condotti fognari, acquedotti e pozzi
  • 3.2.2 Canali
  • 3.3 Le fortificazioni urbane
  • 3.3.1 La cortina muraria e le torri
  • 3.3.2 Le porte urbiche
  • 3.3.3 L’argele/argile
  • 3.4 Necropoli, sepolture e topografia sacra
  • 3.4.1 Necropoli e sepolture
  • 3.4.2 Topografia sacra
  • 3.5 L’Edilizia pubblica e privata
  • 3.5.1 L’edilizia pubblica
  • 3.5.2 L’edilizia privata
  • 3.6 Le attività produttive e artigianali e i commerci
  • 3.6.1 Le attività produttive e artigianali
  • 3.6.2 I commerci


  • Premessa
  • La città romana
  • La città tardoantica
  • La città altomedievale
  • Un breve bilancio

Catalogo degli scavi e dei ritrovamenti (Cs)

Catalogo degli elementi del paesaggio da fonti scritte (Cf)


Additional information

Weight :1,360 kg
Dimensions:21x29,7x1,9 cm

Number and series

7, Storie di Paesaggi Medievali

Place of printing

Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

Year of printing






illustrations in black and white and color







Italian taste

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