Venice and the new towns of the Northern Adriatic coast during the Early-Middle Ages. The course aims to develop the theme of the origin of Venice, using archaeological data. In recent years, excavations in the Venetian lagoon (and in other settlements on the Adriatic coast, like Comacchio, Cittanova, Jesolo, Grado), are proving as archaeological data can be usefully used for analyzing early-medieval urbanization of these areas. Futhermore, data emerging from these researches allow us to link this phenomenon with a historical and archaeological northern European agenda, connected with the origin of emporia. These issues also are crucial to also study the economic structures of Late-Lombard and Carolingian Italy (but also Europe and the Mediterranean).
A. Ammerman, Venice before the Grand Canal, <Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome>, 48, 2003, pp. 141-58; A. J. Ammerman, C. E. McClennen (eds), Venice before San Marco. Recent Studies on the Origins of the City, Colgate, 2001; S. Gelichi, The eels of Venice. The long eight century of the emporia of the northern region along the Adriatic coast, in S. Gasparri (a cura di), 774. Ipotesi su una transizione, Turnhout, 2008, pp. 81-117; S. Gelichi (ed), L?isola del Vescovo. Gli scavi archeologici intorno alla Cattedrale di Comacchio. The Archaeological Excavations nearby the Comacchio Cathedral, Firenze, 2009; S. Gelichi, The future of Venice?s Past and the Archaeology of the North-Eastern Adriatic Emporia during the Early Middle Ages, in J. Schryver (ed), Studies in the Archaeology of the Medieval Mediterranean, Leiden, in print (but 2010); a chapter by M. McCormick, Origins of the European Economy. Communications and Commerce. AD 300-900, Cambridge, 2001; M. McCormick, Where do trading towns come from? Early medieval Venice and the northern emporia, in J. Henning (ed), Post-Roman Towns. Trade and Settlement in Europe and Byzantium. Vol. 1. The Heirs of the Roman West, Berlin-New York, 2007, pp. 41-68.
Recommended Reading List:
L. Leciejewicz, Italian-Polish researches into the origin of Venice, <Archaeologia Polona>, 40, 2002, pp. 51-71; S. Gelichi, Flourishing places in North-Eastern Italy: towns and emporia between late antiquity and the Carolingian age, in J. Henning (ed.), Post-Roman Towns. Trade and Settlement in Europe and Byzantium. Vol. 1. The Heirs of the Roman West, Berlin-New York, 2007, pp. 77-104.