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Archaeology and history of art
Study-unit Code
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Donatella Scortecci
  • Donatella Scortecci - Didattica Ufficiale
  • 54 ore - Didattica Ufficiale - Donatella Scortecci
Course Regulation
Coorte 2018
Learning activities
Archeologia e antichità classiche e medievali
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
The course has as its objective the achievement of basic knowledge of the most up-to-date trends of research in the field of Medieval archaeology and contemporary near eastern (Byzantine and Islam) with particular attention to the phenomena relating to the formation of the medieval culture. Specifically, the course will address all issues characterizing the discipline, methodological issues, such as theoretical archaeology, broad spectrum aspects of research, such as urban archaeology and town planning; the transformation of rural areas and the phenomenon of incastellamento; funerary archaeology with its implications on the anthropological level; Christian cult buildings and large monastic complexes; the archaeology of architecture and archaeology and artifacts.
Reference texts
A.Augenti, Archeologia dell'Italia Medievale, Bari, Laterza, 2016.
E.Zanini, Introduzione all'archeologia bizantina, Roma, 1994.
In-depth studies on the themes will be available tostudents ONLINE on the e-learning platform of the University (www.unistudium.unipg.it)
Educational objectives
The course has as its objective the achievement of basic knowledge of the most up-to-date trends of research in the field of Medieval archaeology and contemporary of the Near East. The student will prove like he acquired the ability to develop independently and developed critical sense and speculative the definition of a "cultural object", according to institutional policies: from concepts of integrity and authenticity that relate to preservation and veracity of information, descriptive capacity, constitutive elements analysis, comparison of homogeneous types, sessions, diachronic variations, cultural contribution.
It is essential that the student has acquired methodological skills and a solid foundation in the knowledge of historical and archaeological disciplines of classical and medieval historian, with particular regard to late Antiquity and the early middle ages.
Teaching methods
The organization provides educational activities: lectures, seminars on specific subjects, excursions, workshops on archaeological material from the excavations of which the teacher is scientific director, theoretical lessons and practical exercises conducted according to enel excavations educational context in which the teacher is scientific director.
Other information
Attending students will have the possibility of individual programs agreed with the teacher
Learning verification modality
The assessment provides a test whose objective is to make the learning of fundamental issues of discipline and the ability to establish comparisons, synchronic criteria diacronici and surveying instruments.The student will demonstrate that it can process the matter through a rigorous scientific methodology, which takes account of the proper use of documentary sources and materials.The test consists of an oral interview and the presentation of individual seminars by the students on the course topics. The timing see a first stage of verification issues and a second job verification indiviale. The duration is not more than 30 minutes, 15/20 reserved general verification and ten to the report of the seminar.The type of test is represented by a stimulus with a reply. The final measurement examination test gives two-thirds of the General test score and a third working seminar.
Extended program
The programme includes a General first part devoted to fundamental problems of medieval Archaeology.A part of the course is reserved for relationships with the architecture and the institutions.You pass, then, the most important Italian archaeological contexts, according to a thematic policy.The relationship between medieval history archeologist of the city refer several issues, from those related to prevention and to the drafting of risk cards, to those more institutional legal and economic, until the most recent debate on urban archaeology, with examples of Brescia and Verona to the North of the Crypta Balbi and the excavations of Naples for the Central and South Italy. By urban contexts you pass to the study of the castles, and the rural population incastellamento.the phenomenon of incastellameto is a timely examination of historiography, and terminology of archaeological research, already starting from late Antiquity until the more recent phenomena of low medieval age.The oldest period refer the Goths, Lombards and Byzantines with the best known examples of Ibligo-Invillino, Monte Barro, Castelseprio, Monselice, Byzantine castles of Liguria and Sicily.In the early Middle Ages refer more problems such as in Central Italy incastellamento and reoccupation of the heights with cases of Scarlino, the Montarrenti junction, Rocca San silvestro and the theme of the toubertiano model.The relationship between archaeology and history of mentality is the subject of dedicated necropolis which addresses the ambiguous relationship between indigenous rituality and alien cultural influences with examples of Longobard necropolis of Nocera Umbra and Castel Trosino.The study of rural settlement concerns the monastic complexes theme imported, culture centers, power generators and inhabited. The most important Longobard monastery of San Salvatore in Brescia and San Vincenzo al Volturno.The archaeology of churches is one of the most investigated themes from medieval Archaeology in the terms of architectural sequence of burials, materials, site development. Examples: the building of Santa Maria foris portas in Castelseprio, San Lorenzo di Altavilla Silentina. The archaeology of residential housing occupies the structures, in particular the research typology of structures, materials used and the forms of reuse, with examples of Brescia, Luni, class, Pisa.Finally one of the most innovative aspects of medieval Archaeology covers the production and archaeology artifacts as knowledge of subregional sequences, the diachronic readings of certain phenomena, and productive aspects of work organisation, the problem of transmission technology. Examples in ceramics, glass, wood, metal. The second part of the course is dedicated to some aspect of Byzantine archaeology, particularly to the cities of the Empire until the crisis of the seventh century and the insediaenti of Eastern defensive limes (Palmyra, Zenobia, Resafa). The theme is particularly topical since many cities East of the limes they insist on Syrian territory and are currently the subject of systematic destruction, with the inevitable loss of the extraordinary cultural heritage.
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