May 11, 2020

nEU-MED 2: Vetricella: An Early Medieval Royal Property in Tuscany’s Mediterranean, edited by Giovanna Bianchi & Richard Hodges

The second volume of our ERC project in Tuscany’s Maremma has just appeared as an open access monograph, published by Insegna del Giglio of Florence:

https://www.insegnadelgiglio.it/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/bsam28-neumed-2-ebook.pdf

The volume is largely devoted t...

November 19, 2018

Jóska’s first odyssey out of Hungary was to Riccardo Francovich’s excavations at Scarlino, Tuscany. The project has a new afterlife forty years on.

Scarlino is perched high on the long spine of a hill in the lee of a dark range that overlooks the Tyrrheanean Sea. It is a quintessential Maremma village. Tightly organized around narrow streets, Scarlino is bigger than it seems from afar. It...

November 1, 2018

Origins of a new economic union (7th-12th centuries) edited by Giovanna Bianchi and Richard Hodges, Florence, Insegna del Giglio was published yesterday. It describes the preliminary results by the inter-disciplinary nEU-Med team. It can be retrieved on (open access) at: http://www.neu-med.unisi.it/en/2018/10/01/origins-of-a-new-economic-union-7th-12th-centuries-preliminary-results-of-the...

October 17, 2018

A mixture of showers and long fine days is helping the digging as they move into the sixth month of excavation of this unusual lagoon-side early medieval centre in Tuscany. A few new elements are emerging, lending colour to our understanding of this place between the 7th and 11th centuries.

The earliest period – between the 7th and early 9th century – now includes a substantial post-built...

October 1, 2018

Our nEU-Med excavations at Vetricella, near Scarlino re-started four weeks ago and have benefited from blissful weather. Five months of open-area excavations now reveal what a complex and fascinating early medieval site this is.

Vetricella's first (11th-century) woman

The forensic excavation of the central tower within the three concentric ditches has now been completed. Thanks to gridded p...

October 29, 2017

Dust blows everywhere, it has been an exceptionally dry October. This makes the digging at Vetricella for our nEU-Med project harder but a few real gems have come to light, though no more Egyptian treasures.

First, Pierluigi Pierrucini (University of Siena’s sedimentologist) and his students have shown that Vetricella was created on an elevated tongue of land very close to the Follonica la...

October 16, 2017

The excavations at Vetricella (part of nEU-Med) are now in their sixth week. The site history is coming alive with each passing week. Complex stratigraphy is being disentangled by the patient team. Suffice it to say that the earliest Lombard phase is distinctive for its range of kitchen wares, whereas the later phases belonging to the central stone tower enclosed by (compass-defined) conc...

September 25, 2017

Glorious early autumnal weather is perfect for excavating in Italy. The colours in the soil clearly show up layers and features and provide an opportunity to make informed judgements about stratigraphic relationships. From these relationships new archaeological narratives emerge.

At Vetricella the excavations are into their third week. Everyone is now excited. We have a working hypothesis...

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