Leopoli-Cencelle: war and peace in a medieval town

Proponente Francesca Romana Stasolla - Professore Ordinario
Sottosettore ERC del proponente del progetto
Componenti gruppo di ricerca

The project aims to reconstruct the war dynamics in the city and their impacts on the population, on the buildings, on the territory. The climate of discontinuous belligerence that was present in the region during Middle Age it was the base of the city¿s founding in the IXth c. A.D. It caused the lack of open space battles, but the use of structures and life models which are set on defense as a main role model and, as a consequence, a ¿mental model¿ that influenced the town planning, buildings, supply organization, professions, demography, social setup. The aim is to investigate widely all this war dynamic, with an extensive research group of diversified skills.
Historians and philologists will piece the regions¿ historical dynamics, handling the examination of unedited documents for the region¿s and town¿s configuration; it will be read the historiography on the war idea and about the city on war, in a local perspective, which Middle Age develops in every aspect.
It will be resumed the archeological excavation, with special regarding to the districts which host the garrison and the government headquarter, and fortifications and the necropolis too. It will be conducted a detailed work on the masonries destined or reused for military purposes, in order to reconstruct life stages and chronological sequences, with a geological research about the supply's sources. All kind of weapons and bullets already discovered will be linked to the retrieval context. Art historians will manage the iconographic research of architectures and war machines. Mechanical engineers will continue an already started work about war landscapes and the reconstruction of war machines; sound engineers will evaluate the impact of the acoustic on the location of poor visibility defensive buildings. Anthropologists and medicine historians will analyze the over five hundred uncovered people and the state of health during war time, as well as the specific pathologies related to assaults.

SH6_3, SH6_6, SH6_11

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