75830 - Medieval Archaeology and History of Art (1)

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  • Teacher Enrico Cirelli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-ANT/08

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Humanities (cod. 8850)

    Also valid for First cycle degree programme (L) in History (cod. 0962)

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student has a broad knowledge of the artistic civilization of the late medieval and medieval world in its main evolutionary lines and in its processes of cultural integration along a time span that runs from the fifth to the ninth century. The student recognizes and critically evaluates the most significant archaeological findings and artistic manifestations of the period, is able to frame artistic productions in the correct social, political and economic context of reference and using them as useful sources for historical reconstruction. Students will know how to use the basic tools necessary for cataloging, enhancing, disseminating and preserving the historical and cultural heritage.

Course contents

The course is divided into two sections. The main themes and methodologies of Medieval Archeology in Italy and Europe will be presented during the first section. The lessons will therefore address the ways of city dwelling and farming the countryside since the Early Middle Ages to the Modern age (5th-15th c.); Archeology of craftsman, production and building techniques; the evolution of funerary practices and ritual. In a second section a number of specific insights about castles and other fortified settlements will be carried out through the study of material culture.



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

Recomended readings (mandatory for non-attending students):

Claudio Azzara, Le civiltà del Medioevo, il Mulino, Bologna, 2013.

Monographic course: Castles in Medieval Italy

Aldo Settia, Castelli medievali, il Mulino, Bologna, 2017.

Recomended readings (mandatory for non-attending students):

Enrico Cirelli, Debora Ferreri, Vivere e morire nel castello di Rontana. Lo sfruttamento del gesso in un insediamento di fondazione medievale nella vallata del Lamone, in LUCCI S., PIASTRA S. (a cura di), I gessi di Brisighella e Rontana, Memorie dell’Istituto Italiano di Speleologia s. II, 28, pp. 545-568


Teaching methods

The course is structured in frontal lessons and discussion of the data presented with the students. Visits and seminars will also be offered on the main sites mentioned during the classes.

Assessment methods

Oral exam about the contents of the classes (for attendants) and the recomended readings (for those who will not be able to follow the classes). Learning contents and methods will be evaluated. Lessons and knowledge required for discipline, the demonstration of the possession of an expressive and specific speaking will be evaluated with the highest grade.

Teaching tools

During the lesson, archaeological contexts and themes will be presented through simple ppts and with plans and texts distributed to the classroom and left available to non-attendants on my web page.

Office hours

See the website of Enrico Cirelli