Structure of research

Structure of the program The core of the research program consists of three closely linked research projects, each requiring an experienced researcher. A detailed understanding of the soils, lithology and geochronology in their spatial context (W. van Gorp) must underlie the sampling, analysis and interpretation of the archaeobotanical record (M.…

Description of research

Description of research About four thousand years ago, a major eruption of the Monte Somma Vesuvius devastated the landscape and the flourishing Early Bronze Age society then occupying the southern part of the region of Campania (Italy). Following an initial small eruption, which is thought to have allowed the population…

The Avellino Project

Around 1995 BC, during the Early Bronze Age, a giant eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried a flourishing landscape of villages and fields in the plains to the north and east of the volcano under more than a meter of ash. Inhabitants of Campanian sites such as Nola (‘the Bronze Age…

Programme

Last update on 25/5/2016 The Abstract book can be downloaded from here. Sunday 5 June Arrivals: a shuttle bus will be operating between Naples airport, the central railway station, and the hotel Marad. A half-day excursion to locations around Vesuvius and the Observatory will depart at 13:30 from hotel Marad. 13:30 departure…

Scientific meeting: distal impacts of major volcanic eruptions on pre-industrial societies in the Mediterranean

[caption id="attachment_344" align="alignleft" width="300"] The old observatory[/caption] The Avellino Event Project studies the geoarchaeological evidence for a northward migration brought about by the Early Bronze Age ‘Avellino’ eruption of the Vesuvius. The aim of this scientific meeting is to bring together a group of international experts, complementing and amplifying the…

Isotope analysis

Immigrants (whether people or animals) from Campania should be directly traceable through Strontium isotope (Sr) analysis on skeletal remains, if the two provinces are found to be sufficiently distinct in their geology. Sr is naturally present in rocks and minerals and its isotopes ratio varies with respect to age and…

Archaeometric analysis

The possibility that pottery imported into South Lazio from Campania has a distinct composition (containing volcanic products not present in the former region) will be investigated using petrographic analysis of EBA-MBA pottery samples from both regions. An initial bibliographic study suggests that little or no relevant data are yet available.…

Bibliography

Alessandri - 2013 - Latium Vetus in the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age / Il Latium vetus nell'età del Bronzo e nella prima età del Ferro (only the first chapter) Anastasia - 2007 - L'evoluzione dell'insediamento nelle valli dell'Amaseno e dell'Ufente nell'età del Bronzo e del Ferro Angle, Guidi -…