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Field surveys

R.I.M.E.M. project (Ricerche sugli insediamenti Medievali nell’entroterra Marchigiano – Research on medieval settlements in the Marche hinterland), led by Professor Umberto Moscatelli, teacher of Landscape Archaeology, has been carried out for over 12 years.

The main objective of the project is the study of the medieval rural population, particularly the transformations interesting the countryside of the region, from the late ancient period to the late Middle Ages.

Field activities include field surveys, study of historical buidings, aerial archeology and ceramic finds, as well as the digitalization of historical cartography, archaeology of architecture and geophysical prospecting.

Researchers taking part in the field activities are young graduates of the undegraduate and postgraduate degree courses of the Dept. of Education, Cultural heritage and Tourism, as well students, particularly those of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism undergraduate courses (L1-L15).

All the activities were and are carried out in synergy with public bodies, universities and organizations or private businesses, such as Ufficio Cartografia della Regione Marche, Comunità montana dei Monti Azzurri, Società Cooperativa ArcheoLAB, the University of Udine, the University of Urbino, the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples and the University of Basilicata (Postgraduate School of Archaeology), as well as, with local municipalities all over the region. The municipality of Santa Vittoria in Matenano, in particular, has recently started a collaboration with the reasearch team, offering useful logistical support. In return, the research team will organize events aiming at the public dissemination of the goals and methods of archaelogical research, through the involvement and participation of citizens.