2016 Central Italy earthquake. Wrath of God, scapegoats, miracles,and other ‘medieval’ aspects of a 21st century seismic disaster

When an earthquake occurs in a densely populated area like central Italy, reactions are mainly focused on the recovery and assistance of victims, removal of debris, assessment of the damage, reactivation of infrastructures and public services. As nowadays, these actions also constituted the core of post-disaster recovery in the Middle Ages, when populations were far… Read More 2016 Central Italy earthquake. Wrath of God, scapegoats, miracles,and other ‘medieval’ aspects of a 21st century seismic disaster

Under the volcano: excavating in the Azores (Vila Franca do Campo 2016)

I am happy to attach the text which will be published soon by the Society for Medieval Archaeology Newsletter about our 2016 season in the Azores (6-27 September). This is a collage of pictures taken during our fieldwork in Vila Franca. Under the volcano: excavating in the Azores (Vila Franca do Campo 2016) The islands of… Read More Under the volcano: excavating in the Azores (Vila Franca do Campo 2016)

SMA Annual Conference ‘Waiting for the End of the World: Disaster & Risk in Medieval Europe’ – Programme

Overview Waiting for the end of the world: perceptions of disaster and risk in medieval Europe What happened when natural disasters affected medieval European societies (AD 500-1550)? The roll-call of disasters during this period is lengthy and their effects were sometimes felt across the whole of Europe in a way that has not been observed… Read More SMA Annual Conference ‘Waiting for the End of the World: Disaster & Risk in Medieval Europe’ – Programme

“Exploring representativeness and reliability for late medieval earthquakes in Europe” published in Natural Hazards.

Our paper “Exploring representativeness and reliability for late medieval earthquakes in Europe” was recently published by Natural Hazards. Among other evidence, this paper eventually underlines that central Italy -the scenario of the 2016 Amatrice earthquake- was an area characterised by a high seismic risk since the late Middle Ages. An aspect which reminds us how relative are concepts such… Read More “Exploring representativeness and reliability for late medieval earthquakes in Europe” published in Natural Hazards.

Photogrammetric recording of earthquake affected sites. Some examples from Armedea fieldwork

The development of Digital Photogrammetry (DP) in the last decade allows a wide variety of new techniques which hold the potential to accelerate and improve traditional research methods.  Archaeology is one scientific discipline which particularly benefits from the application of DP for the purposes of documentation, reconstruction and communication. Within the Armedea project, DP has been applied to several case studies ranging from single structures… Read More Photogrammetric recording of earthquake affected sites. Some examples from Armedea fieldwork

SMA Annual Conference. Waiting for the End of the World: The Archaeology of Risk and its Perception in the Middle Ages

2nd-4th December 2016 Rewley House, Oxford This interdisciplinary conference will explore what happened when natural disasters affected medieval European societies (AD 500-1550). The focus is archaeological and historical but we also aim to bring together geographers, seismologists, climatologists and others to discuss the impacts of rapid onset disasters such as geophysical and hydro-meteorological hazards, among… Read More SMA Annual Conference. Waiting for the End of the World: The Archaeology of Risk and its Perception in the Middle Ages

Estimating the exposure to seismic hazard of large urban populations in late medieval Europe

One of the most intriguing goals addressed by the ArMedEa project is to better understand how seismic risk was spread across medieval Europe. In order to do that, the first step of our study has measured to what extent large medieval cities with a population higher than 10k inhabitants (73 in total at the beginning of the… Read More Estimating the exposure to seismic hazard of large urban populations in late medieval Europe