Barbarian Archaeology Meetings

Barbarian Archaeology Meetings (“Incontri per l’Archeologia barbarica”) are held annually at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan or at important archaeological or museum locations.

They offer a forum for information and debate on themes, data and methods relevant to the material remains left by the Germanic peoples in Italy, the various population components, and the complex transformation processes present in the peninsula during Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval period.

The meetings feature debate between specialists from different Italian heritage institutions and research institutes – and provide unpublished overviews and presentations by scholars from abroad about research north of the Alps.

They are advised and curated by the members of the Specialist Committee.

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4th Meeting – Barbarian Archaeology

THE LOMBARDS NORTH OF MILAN: CENTRES OF POWER BETWEEN THE RIVERS ADDA AND TICINO

Cairate (Varese), Auditorium – ex-church of Santi Ambrogio e Martino, 21st September 2019

 

Curated by Gian Pietro Brogiolo and Paola Marina De Marchi

 

In the hinterland of the Western Roman empire’s ancient capital, on routes connecting the Po Plain and the main Alpine passes, there are numerous attestations of centres of power, fiscal properties, great monasteries and Longobard and Frankish potentes

On the basis of new data and interpretations – and by means of comparison with other Italian contexts – this meeting offers a reflection on Early Medieval power structures in the Milan area, an emblematic territory for understanding settlement and control dynamics in the Longobard kingdom.

This will be followed on 22nd September by a visit to the archaeological complex of Santa Maria Assunta monastery, Cairate (Varese), and the excavations on the site of Torba (Varese).

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3rd Meeting – Barbarian Archaeology

MIGRATIONS, CLANS AND CULTURES: ARCHAEOLOGY AND SCIENCE

Milan, Catholic University, 18th May 2018

 

Curated by Caterina Giostra

 

The migrations of the Barbarian peoples – the nature and formation of these gentes, their possession of specific cultural identities and their interactions with the local population – are among the most controversial and debated issues in European medieval history.

The results of palaeogenetic and isotopic analyses conducted on burial grounds attributed to the Longobards in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy are discussed.

The surprising results are consistent with the migration path from central-northern European regions to Italy recounted in written records left by the Longobards. The importance of biological relationships in the social structure of these communities emerges strongly; they were composed of two main genetic groups, with specific cultural correspondences. Women’s mobility, in terms of exogamy, is also demonstrated. These are important new data for reconsidering old questions.

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2nd Meeting – Barbarian Archaeology

TOWN AND COUNTRY: CULTURES, SETTLEMENTS AND ECONOMY (6th – 9th CENTURIES)

Milan, Catholic University, 15th May 2017

 

Curated by Caterina Giostra

 

The programme focuses on recent excavations of rural, urban and castrum settlements, often in connection with power centres, important for the systematic investigation of large areas using interdisciplinary methods.

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1st Meeting – Barbarian Archaeology

LOMBARD ARCHAEOLOGY: DATA AND METHODS FOR NEW ANALYTICAL PATHS

Milan, Catholic University, 2nd May 2016

 

Curated by Caterina Giostra

 

The first section, Graveyards and rural settlements, describes new sites, with reflections on important aspects of more traditional Longobard culture; the second, Castra, towns and places of worship, considers more mature and integrated settlement structures and religious manifestations investigated by recent excavations and research.

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