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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1314: Farm to Table in Early Medieval Italy: Economy, Ecology, and Society of Food Production

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Slow Food [TM] UK
Organiser:Caroline Goodson, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Marios Costambeys, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Paper 1314-aFeeding the Early Medieval Venetians: Orchards, Fish Farms, and Cattle among the Water
(Language: English)
Diego Calaon, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University / Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Informatica e Statistica (DAIS), Università Ca' Foscari
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Economics - Urban
Paper 1314-bThe City and the Country: Olives in the Early Medieval Lucchesia
(Language: English)
Benjamin Graham, Department of History, University of Memphis
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Economics - Urban

The agriculture of early medieval Italy was on the one hand deeply indebted to the traditions of the Roman empire, and on the other hand radically changed from the past. While many early medieval crops grown were the same as ancient Romans had enjoyed, agricultural production and estate management were entirely different, reflecting changed demography, economy, and values. Our session explores the dynamics of agriculture and food production for urban contexts, (Venice and Lucca) and rural monasteries, using a range of archaeological and historical evidence. We aim to demonstrate the centrality of regional food production in early medieval societies, as a strategy for social mobility and cultivation of communal identity.