Villa del Casale and Philosophiana are archaeological sites very close from each other and located in Sicily, southern Italy. They are among the best evidence of rural contexts of the Roman period in the island (Vaccaro 2013). These sites have been recently studied with focus to the end of 3rd until the 7th century AD, a time frame that was critical for the transition of different cultures. Archaeological researches, in fact, attest that human activity has strongly interested central Sicily since the beginning of the Roman Imperial Age, and has reached its acme in the Byzantine period. Based on interdisciplinary projects, the on-site palynological analyses allowed to obtain the reconstruction of the agrarian and cultural landscape of this area in the centre of the Mediterranean basin during Late Antiquity. This poster presents the data which were recently published by Mercuri et al. (2017 online). ... Pollen and archaeological information confirm that this central Sicily area had the role of major producer of cereal foodstuffs. Our data support the idea of continuity of the agrarian landscape during the Late Antiquity. In fact, spreading of anthropogenic environments, where tree crops and cereals were cultivated, probably in alternation with pasturelands, marked the land use of this area. In addition and more specifically, ornamental and shade plants were concentrated in the luxury villa, while fruit trees and agrarian activities were more evident in Philosophiana. We assume that the centuries from the 3rd to 7th century AD represent a key phase to understand changes in the past vegetation to the modern landscape of this island (Mercuri et al. 2017 online).

The environmental perspective from the Late Antique contexts of Villa del Casale and Philosophiana (central Sicily, S Italy) / Montecchi, Maria Chiara; Rattighieri, Eleonora; Torri, Paola; Florenzano, Assunta; Dallai, Daniele; Vaccaro, Emanuele; Mercuri, Anna Maria. - (2018), pp. 163-165. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 14th Conference of Environmental Archaeology tenutosi a Modena nel 26-28 Febbraio 2018.

The environmental perspective from the Late Antique contexts of Villa del Casale and Philosophiana (central Sicily, S Italy)

Maria Chiara Montecchi;Eleonora Rattighieri;Paola Torri;Assunta Florenzano;Daniele Dallai;Anna Maria Mercuri
2018

Abstract

Villa del Casale and Philosophiana are archaeological sites very close from each other and located in Sicily, southern Italy. They are among the best evidence of rural contexts of the Roman period in the island (Vaccaro 2013). These sites have been recently studied with focus to the end of 3rd until the 7th century AD, a time frame that was critical for the transition of different cultures. Archaeological researches, in fact, attest that human activity has strongly interested central Sicily since the beginning of the Roman Imperial Age, and has reached its acme in the Byzantine period. Based on interdisciplinary projects, the on-site palynological analyses allowed to obtain the reconstruction of the agrarian and cultural landscape of this area in the centre of the Mediterranean basin during Late Antiquity. This poster presents the data which were recently published by Mercuri et al. (2017 online). ... Pollen and archaeological information confirm that this central Sicily area had the role of major producer of cereal foodstuffs. Our data support the idea of continuity of the agrarian landscape during the Late Antiquity. In fact, spreading of anthropogenic environments, where tree crops and cereals were cultivated, probably in alternation with pasturelands, marked the land use of this area. In addition and more specifically, ornamental and shade plants were concentrated in the luxury villa, while fruit trees and agrarian activities were more evident in Philosophiana. We assume that the centuries from the 3rd to 7th century AD represent a key phase to understand changes in the past vegetation to the modern landscape of this island (Mercuri et al. 2017 online).
14th Conference of Environmental Archaeology
Modena
26-28 Febbraio 2018
Montecchi, Maria Chiara; Rattighieri, Eleonora; Torri, Paola; Florenzano, Assunta; Dallai, Daniele; Vaccaro, Emanuele; Mercuri, Anna Maria
The environmental perspective from the Late Antique contexts of Villa del Casale and Philosophiana (central Sicily, S Italy) / Montecchi, Maria Chiara; Rattighieri, Eleonora; Torri, Paola; Florenzano, Assunta; Dallai, Daniele; Vaccaro, Emanuele; Mercuri, Anna Maria. - (2018), pp. 163-165. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 14th Conference of Environmental Archaeology tenutosi a Modena nel 26-28 Febbraio 2018.
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