PROJET EN PARTENARIAT AVEC L'EFR POUR LA PÉRIODE 2022-2026

ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE "ISLANDS OF HISTORY" IN THE TYRRHENIAN SEA: THE CASE OF ISCHIA

Multidisciplinary Research for the Reconstruction of Mediterranean Resources and Networks over the Centuries

 

P.I.:

Prof. Gloria Olcese, Università degli Studi di Milano

Institutional Collaborations:

Soprintendenza Nazionale per il Patrimonio Culturale Subacqueo

Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per l’Area Metropolitana di Napoli

Regione Campania

Museo Archeologico L. Bernabò Brea di Lipari

 

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This project’s goal is the reconstruction of the historical, environmental and economic role of the islands of the Gulf of Naples over the centuries, taking into consideration the case of Ischia in particular. The project combines Archaeology, History, Environmental Sciences and Marine Sciences to define the ways in which anthropization occurred in the coastal and island areas.

The topics of the research are the geo-archaeological aspects, the paleography of the coastal marine areas, the agrarian countryside (viticulture and wine), the environmental and volcanic aspects (water, metals, clays and alum), and production and trade dynamics (thanks to archaeological study of ceramics and the cargoes of shipwrecks).

Never before has a multidisciplinary survey been produced that fully utilizes the potential wealth of information that the island and its many resources have held over the centuries.  Unlike past studies, this project intends to study the island in relation to the environment (including the marine environment) and the modes of occupation and exploitation of certain areas.

A further goal is to investigate the relationship between Ischia and the sea, including the ancient trade networks that involved the island.  This goal will be accomplished using evidence from the principal shipwrecks of the Gulf of Naples and the Aeolian Islands.  This research is made possible by specialists of different backgrounds and the experience gained as part of the Immensa Aequora project, which was connected to the theme of the sea and ancient trade.