EAA 2016 - Theoretical frameworks, methods, and sources to study the development of medieval societies in Europe and the Mediterranean world

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
February 15, 2016
Location: 
Latvia
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, European History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies

TOPIC : THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGİCAL PERSPECTIVE IN ARCHAEOLOGY - ANNUAL EAA CONFERENCE - VILNIUS SEPTEMBER 2016

 

TITLE OF THE PANEL: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS, METHODS AND SOURCES TO STUDY THE 

DEVELOPMENT OF MEDIEVAL SOCIETIES IN EUROPE AND THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

 

DEADLINE : 15 FEBRUARY 2016 

 

Panel description 

Studies on medieval archaeology in the Mediterranean regions must relate to chronologies,

sources, and material culture which are completely different from those used for Scandinavia, for

instance. Northern European regions, in fact, have a close link with the Iron Age, while Late

Antiquity is crucial for a comprehensive study of the medieval Mediterranean.

As much as Late Antiquity is strictly connected to the development of Medieval Europe, so are the

Byzantine and Islamic worlds. Late Antique, Christian, Byzantine and most of Islamic archaeology

are thus parallel worlds marked by indisputable and essential connections, albeit researchers

often still work within their disciplinary clusters.

 

This session wants to invite scholars to move past their disciplinary clusters and contribute to a

significant development of a shared knowledge among the archaeologists who focus their efforts

to study the archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean regions AD 400 to 1550.

The existence of several different chronological frontiers for archaeologies, whose purpose is to

produce knowledge on the same period, for example, tend to encourage the making of clusters.

Researchers would surely benefit from a broader contextualization of the information related to a

same period.

 

The very same date of the end of the Middle Age is debatable when coming to consider medieval

archaeology in connection with the Byzantine and the Islamic worlds.

Thus, the session wishes to open a thoroughly debate on the chronologies, the historical

questions, the methods, and the type of sources archaeologists use in their daily work-flow over a

period of 1000 years in Europe and the Mediterranean. In particular, the session will focus on the

theoretical framework of each approach, the tools and sources, rather than single case studies,

unless they are the bases of a historical model.

 

Contact Info: 

Prof. Carlo Citter, University of Siena, Department of History and Cultural Heritage (http://unisi.academia.edu/CarloCitter)

Asst. Prof. Cinzia Tavernari, Abdullah Gül University, Department of Architecture (https://agu-tr.academia.edu/CinziaTavernari

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