Within the European project of elaboration of a corpus of Late Antique and Early Medieval religious architecture (“CARE” = Corpus Architecturae Religiosae Europeae), in central-northern Apulia new archaeological researches (stratigraphic excavations and analysis of masonry) and works of critical review of old excavations conducted in the religious buildings (to some of them specific studies are dedicated in this contribution) have been set up; at the same time, the systematic collection of information derived from the examination of written sources has been also started. The first results of this integrated analysis of the data were used to propose some lines of reading on the process of affirma- tion of the Christian presence in the territory, on the different promoters of religious building initiatives and on the dynamics of relationships between them, on the roles and the functions that the churches were assuming in the various political-institutional and socio-economic scenarios. A picture emerges, in a first phase, strongly characterized, both in the city and in the countryside, by the bishop action, then, during the Early Middle Ages and especially in the rural areas, reduced (but still archeologically perceptible) from the emergence of new subjects (dukes/Lombard princes, aristocrats) and the progressive consolidation of the monastic presence; religious construction also allows us to follow, starting from the tenth century, the traces of the new equilibrium created in connection with the political-institutional structure established following the Byzantine reconquest and with the transformation of landscapes and socio-economic frameworks.
|Titolo:||Il progetto “CARE” nella Puglia centro-settentrionale: primi dati e riflessioni|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)|