Archaeology Of Uplands On A Mediterranean Island: The Madonie Mountain Range In Sicily by Vincenza ForgiaArchaeology Of Uplands On A Mediterranean Island: The Madonie Mountain Range In Sicily by Vincenza Forgia

Archaeology Of Uplands On A Mediterranean Island: The Madonie Mountain Range In Sicily

byVincenza Forgia

Hardcover | July 15, 2019

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This book presents archaeological research conducted within the Highlands of Sicily. Results of an archaeological survey in the Madonie mountain range, in northern Sicily, supported by a chronological and cultural grid, drawn by the excavation of Vallone Inferno, deal with complex and fascinating problems of uplands and mountainous landscape. Settlement patterns, between the Late Pleistocene and the Medieval era, are investigated through the support of spatial analyses. A diversified use of the mountain is currently attested by this research, according to the different prehistoric and historical times.

This work is innovative for the Mediterranean area, where there are no similar examples of such extensive territorial research in a mountainous context. The research has been focused on particular aspects of ancient peopling: economic and social issues, human-environment interactions and the long term interest in the mountain range.

Vincenza Forgia is an archaeologist specialized in prehistoric studies and expert of Ancient Topography and Landscape Archeology. After graduating in Ancient Topography at the University of Palermo, she achieved her specialization in Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and obtained her PhD in Cultural Herita...
Title:Archaeology Of Uplands On A Mediterranean Island: The Madonie Mountain Range In SicilyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:136 pagesPublished:July 15, 2019Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030152197

ISBN - 13:9783030152192


Table of Contents

1 Introduction

1.1 The Madonie mountains: a geographical introduction

1.2 History of previous archaeological research

1.2.1 The researches by Francesco Minà Palumbo and Marquis Antoine De Gregorio

1.2.2 Discovering the antiquity of the human presence on the Madonie Mounts: the "Chiusilla" and "Fico" Caves

1.2.3 Re-discovering the antiquity of the human presence on the Madonie Mountains in the "Vecchiuzzo" Cave

1.2.4 Re-discovering the antiquity of the human presence on the Madonie Mountains in the "Abisso del Vento": a new inspection

1.3 The archeology of the Madonie in the museums

1.3.1 Museo Minà Palumbo in Castelbuono

1.3.2 Museo Civico Baldassare Romano in Termini Imerese

1.3.3 Museo Antonino Collisani in Petralia Sottana

1.4 The paleoecological framework

1.4.1 The coastal ecozones

1.4.2 The mountainous environments


2. Methods

2.1. Probabilistic Survey: the sampling design

2.1.1 Stratified samples

2.1.2 Sample areas: a brief description of physical features and natural environment

2.1.3 The systematic survey within sample areas

2.1.4 Prospection by focused inspections: a "targeted survey"

2.2 The archival research

2.2.1 Historic Cartography

2.2.2 Current cartography

2.2.3 Toponymy

2.3 GPS and GIS

2.3.1 GPS and mobile GIS

2.3.2 GIS

2.4 The paleoenvironmental reconstruction

2.5 The excavation of a key site - Vallone Inferno


3 The Madonie: highlands in Sicily

3.1 Results of the field survey within sample areas

3.2 The Archaeological map

3.2.1 SAMPLE AREA 1 - Carbonara environment (ROE IV) UT 24 - Battaglietta - open air settlement UT 7 - Monte Ferro - lithic scatter UT 8 - Monte Ferro - sporadic UT 25 - Zottafonda fences - open air site and coal places

3.2.2 SAMPLE AREA 2 - Monte dei Cervi (ROE IV) UT 9 - Piano Battaglia - Sporadic finds UT 6 - Monte dei Cervi - Sporadic finds UT 43 - Cozzo Cerasa - lithic scatter next rock shelter UT 39 - Case di Mastro Peppino - open air site UT 30 - Valle Nipitalva - Lithic scatter UT 108 - Valle Nipitalva - Lithic scatter UT 110 - Valle Nipitalva - Lithic scatter UT 104 P.lla Colla, Quacella - open air site

3.2.3 SAMPLE AREA 3 - Isnello valley (ROE II) UT 10 - C.da e casa Mongerrati - potsherd scatter area UT 1 and 2 - C.da San Nicola - potsherds scatter area UT 4 - C.da San Nicola - open air settlement UT 14 - Abisso del Vento at Cozzo Balatelli - ritual and funerary cave contexts UT 15 - C.da Farchio - sporadic lithic scatter UT 12 - Monte Balatelli - Potsherds dispersion area UT 72 - C.da Gallefina - Burial cave UT 16 - C.da Aculeia - natural cave and sporadic lithics UT 11 and 54 - C.da San Giovanni - Potsherds scatter area

3.2.4 SAMPLE AREA 4 - Imera river valley - right bank (ROE II) UT 47 - Vallone Inferno - open air site (rock shelter) UT 53 - C.da Cava - Potsherds scatter area UT 56 - Borgo Eras C - open air site UT 57 - Borgo Eras C - open air site UT 51 - 52 - C.da Cava - sporadic and potsherds scatter area UT 58 - Acqua Cannata - settlement UT 59 - Acqua Cannata - Sporadic finds UT 60 - Timpa dei Filici - Rock shelter UT 61 - Portella di Mare - Settlement UT 64 - Portella di Mare - Settlement UT 66 - Il Boschetto - Potsherds scattered area

3.2.5 SAMPLE AREA 5 - S. Venera (ROE III) UT 101 - C.da Salvatore, Costa Giulfaria - Scattered potsherds area UT 102 - C.da Salvatore, Costa Giulfaria - rock shelter UT 103 - C.da Salvatore, Costa Giulfaria - sporadic finds UT 106 and 107 - San Nicola - open air site (settlement)

3.2.6 SAMPLE AREA 6 - P.lla Mandarini and Canna (ROE III) UT 45 - Vallone Canna - cave


4 Targeted survey

4.1 Sample selection

4.1.1 UT 76 - C.da Giancaniglia - Marine terrace

4.1.2 UT 19-20-21-22 - Capraria - Marine terrace (section)

4.1.3 UT 28 - Bommartino - Cave (ritual use/burials)

4.1.4 UT 80 - Rocca del Drago - Site

4.1.5 UT 202 - Rocca San Nicola - Site

4.1.6 UT 200 - Solfara - Alia

4.1.7 UT 40 and 41 - San Focà - Scattered potsherds area


5 The GIS platform and the Spatial analyses.

5.1 GIS planning and development

5.1.1 Which route? Hunter-gatherer mobility strategy: a seasonal approach from coast to highlands

5.1.2 Pastoral paths and the herding world: the routes of the shepherds from prehistory to the colonial period

5.1.3 Toward the modern world: from Late Roman to Medieval settlement, discovering the ancient trails


6 Chapter 6

Conclusions and research perspectives

6.1 Late Pleistocene - Early Holocene

6.2 Neolithic herding world and settlement strategies

6.3 Sharing the mountains between III and II millennium B.C.

6.4 "Who are the mountains?"

Between indigenous and Hellenic peopling of the Madonie system

6.5 Late Antiquity and Medieval period.

The emergence of hierarchy

6.6 Research perspectives

6.7 General considerations about the research project