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Bianchi, Giovanna (ed.) and Hodges, Richard (ed.) (2020) The nEU-Med project. : Vetricella, an Early Medieval royal property on Tuscany’s Mediterranean. All’Insegna del Giglio. ISBN 9788878149717, 9788878149885 (ebook)

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7This second volume dedicated to the nEU-Med project is centered on the site of Vetricella and its territory, an import-ant royal property that preserved this status until the end of the 11th century, when the function of the site started to be only occasionally frequented before its definitive abandon-ment in the following centuries. Vetricella is the project’s key site, at the centre of a sample area selected for more in-depth research because it represents a territory type exemplifying many other coastal landscapes of the Early Medieval western Mediterranean. Thanks to the evidence garnered from research carried out in this context it was possible to locate interpretative markers that have enabled us to lay for new lines of enquiry and review previously acquired data from past research, set in a wider picture that goes beyond Tuscany encompassing the whole Kingdom of Italy. Fieldwork carried out in 2018, followed by a smaller excavation campaign in July 2019, has in fact delivered new evidence, providing a more certain interpretation of the ma-terial culture read through inter and multidisciplinary lenses according to the research grounds on which the nEU-Med project is founded. The volume opens with an important update of the archaeological sequence recorded at the site (Marasco, Briano) and is directly connected to the successive con-tribution on the detailed geomorphological analysis of the ditches and their infills (Susini, Pieruccini), of fundamental importance in understanding the transformations the site of Vetricella underwent especially during the period between the 9th and 10th centuries.These contributions are followed by a series of articles aimed at presenting a preliminary study of the most signifi-cant materials gathered during fieldwork activities, namely: finds in metal (Agostini), ceramic (Russo, of which, due to the significant recorded numbers, an analysis is presented of two specific contexts), glass (Castelli) with relative archae-ometric analyses (Gratuze), coins (Rovelli and Marasco, Cicali), faunal remains (Aniceti) and anthropological evidence recorded in the site’s burial area (Vi va). The picture is then extended further to the territory around the site with the reconstruction, by way of archae-obothanical analysis, of the forest cover and agricultural environment surrounding Vetricella (Buonincontri, Rossi, Di Pasquale). The Val di Pecora and adjacent Val di Cornia are instead at the centre of two articles, the first dedicated to archaeological and chemical surveys (Dallai, Carli, Volpi), the second (Pieruccini, Susini) centered on the geomorphological characteristics of the original coastal lagoons developing in correspondence with the mouth of the two rivers that provide the aforementioned valleys with their name. The volume ends with three con-tributions (Hodges; Bianchi; Fiore) in which, following a chronological sequence that covers the period between the 9th and 11th centuries, the case of Vetricella is placed within broader themes and contexts by way of comparative analysis, making extensive use of material sources in the first two contributions and documentary ones in the article by Alessio Fiore.The complexity and volume of evidence recorded in the last two years of research means that almost all the contribu-tions should be considered as preliminary studies, necessary to trace an overall picture in this volume that will be followed by future monographs for the detailed analysis of the single discussed topics.

Item Type: Book
ISBN: 9788878149717, 9788878149885 (ebook)
Series Name: 0
Language: English
Publisher: All’Insegna del Giglio
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 10:42
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 10:42

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