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26 Feb - "Transformations of the Istrian landscape from Antiquity into the Middle Ages in light of recent archaeological research", Lecture by Ana Konestra, Institute of Archaeology, Zagreb, Croatia

The visit of Ana Konestra is organised in collaboration with Enrico Cirelli from the Department of History and Cultures.

Feb 26, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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The landscape of Roman Istria is characterised by a large number of rural sites of various typologies and with heterogeneous features, but all presenting numerous elements which allow the reconstruction of their main production activities - in primis olive cultivation and oil production, and on the coast fish farming, followed to a minor extent by other crops cultivation and wine production, as well as natural resources exploitation (stone quarrying, salt, husbandry, etc). These activities were, in certain cases, backed by production of transport containers and other pottery and ceramics. Moreover, several of these properties can be linked to senatorial families as well as to the Emperors. A first reorganisation of the Istrian rural structures is noticed between the end of the 2nd and the 3rd c. This tendency will continue in the next centuries as well, often obliterating production features to create either living spaces or establish new economic activities. These transformations are still to be fully understood, but several recently explored case studies can provide new insights into the dynamics behind them.