On 30 March 2007 Riccardo Francovich died suddenly and Europe lost one of its greatest archaeologists. The impact of Francovich's teaching had on the birth and development of medieval archaeology has been very strong, especially in the country where he worked (Italy), and on the archaeologists of his 'adopted' country, namely Spain. If medieval archaeology has grown over the last thirty years in these two countries, it is certainly thanks to him. For this reason, on 11 June, 2011, some of his closest colleagues and family gathered in Rome at the British School of Rome, in order to remember him and to open a serious discussion on issues that were central to his interests as well as those pertinent to any understanding Italian and Spanish historiography in the second half of the 20th century. Discussing together on this occasion in Rome, there emerged perspectives of analysis, interpretative paradigms and models of reading the original, that recent research has strongly renewed and that often possessed a shared commonality. All this showed that, even with the obvious differences of the national 'stories', not only might one recognize similar conjunctures (the impact of new 'barbarian' aristocracies on the social structures of the Roman world, the modalities of Islamization, for example), but also find parallel evolutions in terms of macrostructures (in the lives of urban and rural communities, for example). Hence the idea of comparing two different worldviews after the end of antiquity, through the identification of specific topics, made possible by archaeological research that had developed with great effect (and with good results) in recent decades . The optical analysis of these processes is essentially an archaeological one. The focus is primarily the study of social structures and on how these structures show and represent themselves. While there is no perfect symmetry between the analyses of the two countries, the contributions to this collection make it possible to trace and to compare two different types of processes that have led to different types of 'fragmentation'. A book like this is new in the publishing context of archaeological European Union. It is aimed at an audience of specialists and university researchers. The issues that are addressed are new or are being addressed through new paradigms. In addition, the book written in English should attract a much wider audience to key research topics in significant European medieval studies, but which have been hitherto confined to the local context. Much of the debate that has developed in recent decades, as Francovich himself believed, will inhabit a new intellectual space and will then spread. The volume is not only a fitting tribute to an original and innovative scholar, but also an attempt to compare the 'archaeology' of two different countries, with the aim of reading their histories in parallel.Über den Autor:
Richard Hodges, OBE, is Professor and Director of the Institute of World Archaeology, University of East Anglia, UK, and Director of the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, USA. He is the editor of the Debates in Archaeology series; and his publications include "Dark Age Economics, The Anglo-Saxon Achievement, Towns and Trade in the Age of Charlemagne, Goodbye to the Vikings" and (as co-author) "Villa to Village", all published by Bloomsbury.
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Buchbeschreibung Brepols Publishers 0. Softcover. Buchzustand: Verlagsfrisch New copy. Haut Moyen Âge (HAMA 24) New Directions in Early Medieval European Archaeology: Spain and Italy Compared Essays for Riccardo Francovich S. Gelichi, R. Hodges (eds.) 367 p., 86 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2015 ISBN: 978-2-503-56520-0 Languages: English Paperback The publication is available. Retail price: EUR 75,00 This book of essays is dedicated to the memory of Riccardo Francovich, one of Europe's most eminent Medieval archaeologists, who died in 2007. It began as a one-day conference held at the British School at Rome the day after Riccardo Francovich would have been 65 years old, on the 11 June 2011. The book takes as its core theme a comparison of Italian and Spanish Medieval Archaeology, in each case challenging the status quo and attempting to move the boundaries of our historical discussions ever forwards. The volume attempts to evaluate if the Medieval Archaeology of these two important Mediterranean countries, largely unfamiliar on the international stage, with their different 'histories', can be compared. To do this, a key moment in their formation is reviewed - the passage from the Ancient to the Medieval world. This approach highlights not only the identifi cation of singular conjunctures (the impact of the new 'barbaric' aristocracies on the social structures of the Roman world, and how Islam was established, for example, in the peninsula as in Sicily), but also parallel evolutions at the macro-structural level (for example, conditions in towns and the countryside). Taking the paradigm of fragmentation as a basic starting-point that characterizes the western world after the fall of the Roman Empire, it offers comparative archaeologies in terms of themes, but above all else in terms of shared methods. Table of Contents Introduction: Sauro Gelichi & Richard Hodges Spain Lauro Olmo: The Materiality of Complex Landscapes: central Iberia during 6th-8th centuries A.D. Sonja Gutierrez: The Early al-Andalus: An archaeological approach to the process of Islamization in the Iberian Peninsula (7th to 10th centuries) Antonio Malpica: The emergence of the city in al-Andalus Antonio Quiros: The other Spain. The formation of seigneurial society in Alava Avelino Gutierrez: The other Iberian Peninsula: the cities in Early Medieval Spain Italy Alessandra Molinari: 'Islamisation' and the rural world: Sicily and al-Andalus. What kind of archaeology? Ghislaine Noyé: The still Byzantine Calabria : a case study Richard Hodges: The idea of the polyfocal 'town'? Archaeology and the origins of medieval urbanism in Italy Sauro Gelichi: Societies at the edge: new cities in the Adriatic sea during the Early Middle Ages (8th-9th c. A. D.) Giovanna Bianchi: Analyzing the fragmentation during the early middle ages: Tuscany's model and the countryside of the Centre-North Italy Chris Wickham: The economy of Italy and Spain in the early middle ages. Buch. Artikel-Nr. 11625