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
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
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.