The scientific reappropriation of the historical, archaeological and environmental fabric of a landscape is the first protection tool for it. Can landscape archeology be done based above all on documentary sources? This volume, demonstrating that this is possible, deals with a mid-Adriatic area located in the northern part of the Marche region in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, on the border with Emilia-Romagna. The coastal territory is largely bound by the presence of a regional natural park. The area is crossed by the Flaminia consular road and affected by the port of Focara (today Vallugola). Already in Roman times the area was flourishing, constituting a road and socio-economic node of interest. However, it was in the Middle Ages that these lands expressed themselves at their best, under the control of the archbishops of Ravenna. The volume, in the diachrony, investigated every facet of the landscape that presents itself: the demic aspect, the structure of the habitat, the extent of the crops and even the names of the agricultural estates and their late medieval tenants. Through this investigation it is possible to understand a context that saw seven castles active: Gradara, Granarola, Fanano, Monte Corbino, Gabicce, Casteldimezzo, Fiorenzuola di Focara and three churches (San Cristoforo, San Pietro and Santa Sofia). We return, also visually, a medieval landscape among the most characteristic of the Adriatic area, arranged at the end of the Po Valley with its stretch of high cliff.
Review posted on Medieval Archeology, July 63.1 (2019)