Varied approaches to an overlooked time period in the history and archaeology of the Mediterranean
“A comprehensive archaeological overview that will help to put Byzantium in a Medieval Mediterranean perspective.”—Luca Zavagno, author of Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: An Island in Transition
This book presents multidisciplinary perspectives on Greece, Corsica, Malta, and Sicily from the fourth to the thirteenth centuries, an often-overlooked time in the history of the central Mediterranean. The research approaches and areas of specialization collected here range from material culture to landscape settlement patterns, from epigraphy to architecture and architectural decoration, and from funerary archaeology to urban fabric and cityscapes.
Topics covered in these chapters include late Roman villas; the formation of Byzantine and Islamic settlements in western Sicily; re-use of protohistoric sites in late antiquity and the middle ages in eastern Sicily; early Christian landscapes and settlements in Corsica; the transition from late antiquity through Byzantine rule to Muslim conquest in Malta; trade network trajectories of the Aegean islands and Crete; and crosscultural interactions in medieval Greece. Together, these essays show the potential of post-Ancient and post-Classical archaeology, highlighting missing links between the Roman world and medieval Byzantium and broadening the horizons of new generations of archaeologists.
Angelo Castrorao Barba, postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology at the Polish Academy of Sciences, is the author of La fine delle ville romane in Italia tra Tarda Antichità e Alto Medioevo (III–VIII secolo). Davide Tanasi, professor of history and director of the Institute for Digital Exploration at the University of South Florida, is coeditor of The Maltese Archipelago at the Dawn of History: Reassessment of the 1909 and 1959 Excavations at Qlejgha tal-Bahrija and Other Essays. Roberto Miccichè is research fellow in anthropology at the University of Palermo and courtesy visiting adjunct professor of history at the University of South Florida.