Exploring Valmarecchia. Diachrony of Population Development from the Roman Age to the Late Middle Ages in Central/Northern Italy: a Case Study of Emilia-Romagna (Southern Area) and Marche (Nothern Area)

Daniele Sacco


This paper summarises data gathered from an inter-regional research project conducted through land surveys, stratigraphic studies and the stratigraphic analysis of upstanding structures, within a program of the Department of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”. Surveys were carried out in the valley of the Marecchia River, Italy. The river flows through two regions, Emilia-Romagna and Marche, and two provinces, Rimini and Pesaro-Urbino. The project, which began in 2006, aims at presenting a diachronic landscape reconstruction by analysing landscapes transformation processes, from the Roman Age to the Renaissance. Special attention is devoted to the Middle Ages, the phenomenon of encastellation and to historical buildings. Within the project, extremely important, especially for the Middle Ages, are the surveys, carried out for the past 14 years at the archaeological site of the Castle of Monte Copiolo, hometown of the Counts of Montefeltro, who would later become Dukes of Urbino.


Landscape archaeology, Late antiquity, Encastellation, Valmarecchia, Rimini, Monte Copiolo

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5463/lac.2014.52


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