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┬áseason 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