30447 - Archaeology of Medieval Settlements

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in History, preservation and enhancement of artistic and archaeological heritage and landscape (cod. 9218)

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to transmit the basic knowledge concerning research in medieval archaeology. Once the course is finished, the student is able to master the following issues: 1. the different academic traditions and the italina and international debate on the subject of medieval archaeology; 2. such topics as late antique, early medieval and medieval urbanism; 3. the material evidence related to the eccesiastical organization of urban and rural territories; 4. the origins and the transformations of villages and castles; 5. the relationship between archaeology and ethnicity during the early middle ages; 6. the archaeology of burials; 7. the archaeology of standing buildings.

Course contents

The course is divided in three sections. The first section focuses on the birth and development of medieval archaeology in Italy and abroad. The second section considers the main issues explored by the discipline, while the third is focused on the subject: Towns and trade in the early middle ages.


Main module 1. (compulsory reading for all students)

A. Augenti, Archeologia dell'Italia medievale, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2016.

Main module 2. (compulsory reading for all students)

A. Augenti, Città e porti dall'Antichità al Medioevo,Carocci, Roma 2010.


Compulsory reading for all the students who cannnot attend the lectures

R. Hodges, La Pompei del Medioevo. San Vincenzo al Volturno dalle origini al sacco dei Saraceni, Carocci, Roma 2023.

Teaching methods



If the student wishes to participate in fieldwork activities - excavations and surveys - he/she will have to attend also e-learning Modules 1 and 2 [https://www.unibo.it/it/servizi-e-opportunita/salute-e-assistenza/salute-e-assistenza/salute-e-sicurezza/sicurezza-e-salute-nei-luoghi-di-studio-e-tirocinio], and Module 3 for specific formation in safety and health during university courses. Informations about schedules and attendance modes are available in the specific section of the website of the Course of Study.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists of an oral colloquium, conceived in order to evaluate the accomplishment of the main targets of the course. The final mark is the average of the evaluation of the answers concerning three specific topics which are part of the program.

Teaching tools

The course will be organised in lectures held by the teacher himself. The teacher will sometimes make use of an overhead-projector, computer presentations and photocopies of the texts. All these tools will be available on-line on the web-page of the course, at the end of it.

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Augenti


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.