Piemonte archeo-minerario. Miniere e opifici da risorsa strategica a patrimonio storico-ambientale

30,00 - 80,00

Author: Paolo de Vingo (Editor)
Year of printing: 2021
ISBN: 9788892850002
e-ISBN: 9788892850019


The third volume of the series "ArcheoAlpMed - Archeology of the Alps and the late ancient and medieval Mediterranean", archeo-mining Piedmont, has the ambition, already declared in the subtitle (Mines and factories from strategic resource to historical-environmental heritage), to offer reader a journey through space and time. The space is that of a Piedmont, presented in an initial map, examined in the metallurgical productivity of some locations in four great valleys: Val Grana, Val di Susa, Valli di Lanzo, Val Sessera. Time is a very long chronological period determined by the discovery of finds, by stratigraphic investigations, by the existence of documentary sources, by the survival of lexical terms, by the use of the site as a cultural and landscape asset. Ultimately, with a little approximation, we could say: from the origins, or almost, to our days.
The traveler, to continue in the metaphor, is carried by the hand among quarries and mines scattered in the eighteenth-century cartographic representations or which can be located on geological maps and still visible on the Alpine slopes. The apparatus of images is therefore notable and indispensable, also in documenting what remains of everyday objects, mugs, containers, dishes, which, found in the workplace, add a social connotation to the archaeological evaluation.
This multifaceted approach to the study of factories, quarries, mines, present in all chapters, perhaps finds its most evident expression in the sectors dedicated to the Lanzo Valleys and Val Sessera, not for nothing the most full-bodied. In both, the articulation of the survey project is particularly visible, which unfolds from the examination of the sites and materials to the formulation of cultural development perspectives. The edition of medieval sources is appreciable: the counts of castellania once again reveal the multifaceted wealth of data which, for today's scholar, goes well beyond the purpose of accounting documentation for which those documents were produced. In the same way, in the eighteenth-century documentary appendices, a new Kingdom of Sardinia can be glimpsed which, from the XNUMXs, found the structure of a well-organized state in appropriate bureaucratic apparatuses.
The copious bibliography of reference gives an account of the research background to which the volume is inspired. For the writer, it is exciting to find references to Medieval Archeology, the journal founded by Riccardo Francovich in 1974, of which not only myself, but also other medievalist colleagues, including Aldo A. Settia, were convinced animators. That study season was inspired by the contemporary path taken by the French with their research in the sector. The lesson of Medieval Archeology is still active: this volume, enriched by orientations of new, contemporary sensibilities, is its concrete and valid testimony.
Happy reading.

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  • 1. Il programma «Piemonte archeo-minerario»: miniere e opifici da risorsa strategica a patrimonio storico-ambientale, di Paolo de Vingo

Val Grana (Cuneo)

  • 2. Una miniera di rame medievale in val Grana (Cuneo): Caire 1 a Pradleves, di Anna Gattiglia, Paolo de Vingo, Maurizio Rossi, con la collaborazione di Piergiorgio Rossetti e Daniele Castelli

Val di Susa (Torino)

  • 3. Una cava di pietra ollare arcaica e postmedievale in val di Susa (Torino): Cormeano 1 a Condove, di Anna Gattiglia, Paolo de Vingo, Maurizio Rossi, con la collaborazione di Piergiorgio Rossetti e Daniele Castelli

Valli di Lanzo (Torino)

  • 4. Cave, miniere e metallurgia nei Conti della Castellania di Lanzo (Torino) degli anni 1306-1351, di Ilaria Pezzica, con la collaborazione di Anna Gattiglia e Maurizio Rossi
  • 5. Il complesso archeo-minerario medievale e postmedievale di Punta Corna in val di Viù (Torino): filoni ferro-cobaltiferi al Crot ‘d yì Aoutoùr nel settore Taglio del Ferro, di Maurizio Rossi, Paolo de Vingo, Anna Gattiglia, con la collaborazione di Giacomo Re Fiorentin

Val Sessera (Biella)

  • 6. Nascita e metamorfosi di una fonderia di solfuri misti tra i monti dell’alta val Sessera (Biella): Piana del Ponte dal XVIII secolo a oggi, di Maurizio Rossi, Paolo de Vingo, Anna Gattiglia, con la collaborazione di Elena Anselmetti, Daniele Castelli, Silvia Chersich, Renato Nisbet e Piergiorgio Rossetti
  • 7. Una miniera di magnetite e le sue installazioni mineralurgiche in alta val Sessera (Biella): Pietra Bianca 2 tra tardo medioevo ed età napoleonica, di Maurizio Rossi, Paolo de Vingo, Anna Gattiglia, con la collaborazione di Bruno Ancel, Silvia Chersich, Renato Nisbet, Piergiorgio Rossetti e Vincent Serneels

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Weight :1,75 kg
Dimensions:21x29x2,9 cm

Place of printing

Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

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Number and series

3, ArcheoAlpMed





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