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Sicily in Transition AD 600-1200

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : Alessandra Molinari (, Martin Carver (


Établissements principaux/Main institutions : University of Rome 2 (Tor Vergata), University of York


Projet en cours/Project in progress


Description :

The departments of archaeology at York and Rome 2 (Tor Vergata) began a joint research project in 2014 investigating the Byzantine-Arabic-Norman transition in Sicily, with special focus on changes in social structure, agriculture and trade. Survey and excavation in three or four parts of the island are intended to reveal sequences of settlement and burial; the metal finds, pottery and botany are to be studied in Italy and the human bone, animal bone and contents of amphorae in York.

The focus of research in 2014 was CASTRONOVO DI SICILIA, a town in central Sicily, where the two main sites investigated were MONTE KASSAR, a short-lived Byzantine stronghold constructed at1030m AOD (7th/8th century AD), and CASALE SAN PIETRO an extensive occupation area of the 7th–13th century on the flood plain of the River Platani, occupying either side of the main Agrigento–Palermo road.

The project is directed by Alessandra Molinari (Rome) and Martin Carver (York) with the support of Stefano Vassallo of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali di Palermo.

The team was courteously hosted by the Mayor and town of Castronovo.


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Reconstructing the Earliest Illustrated Chronicle from the Medieval Latin West

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : Benjamin Pohl (

Établissements principaux/Main institutions : University of Cambridge

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

My project will be the first to identify and analyse the evidence for an illuminated exemplar for London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero D viii. MS Cotton Nero D viii is an English manuscript produced during the second half of the twelfth century, perhaps at St. John’s Abbey, Colchester. The manuscript’s context of transmission before the later Middle Ages has so far remained largely unexplored. The implications of my analysis of the material features of MS Cotton Nero D viii, especially remnants of illustrative matter from its exemplar, would be transformative in informing our present knowledge about the manuscript’s use and prospective readership, as well as of medieval Latin manuscript culture in general. Indeed, to date, both MS Cotton Nero D viii and other Latin historical manuscripts from the period c.1000-1150 have been considered as lacking illustrative content beyond the level of decorated initials and litterae notabiliores. However, as my preliminary investigation of MS Cotton Nero D viii demonstrated, this manuscript almost certainly derives from an illustrated copy of Dudo of St. Quentin’s Historia Normannorum. Indeed, the research I propose here will establish that MS Cotton Nero D viii can also be related, via a shared exemplar, to another Norman manuscript (Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS 1173/Y11) which, albeit considered unillustrated by previous scholars, I was able to conclusively show contained traces of figurative illuminations in the form of pen line drawings (see my article B. Pohl, ‘Poems, Pictures and Purpose: New Perspectives on the Manuscripts of Dudo of St. Quentin’s Historia Normannorum’, Scriptorium 67 (2013), 229-58).

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Mapping the early church in Western Normandy: AD400-1200

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : David Petts (

Établissements principaux/Main institutions : Durham University

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

This project aims to map the evidence for Christianity in Western Normandy to develop a better understanding of the development of the Church in this region. It will integrate existing archaeological data with architectural survey of the evidence for Romanesque and pre-Romanesque architecture of the region. Although Christianity first arrived in this area during the Roman period, the area was strongly influenced by missionary activity from Brittany and Ireland. From the ninth century AD the area saw considerable political disruption following Viking raiding and settlement along its northern and western coast, and it is often thought that the church collapsed in the face of this onslaught.

This project aims to question the extent to which the early church really did disappear. The politically peripheral nature of this area and the impact of Vikings mean that documentary evidence for the region before the twelfth century is sparse and consists mainly of sources from outside the area. Any attempt to reconstruct the nature and development of the early church thus has to be able to fully integrate the archaeological and architectural evidence. A small number of early (pre-eleventh century) Christian sites are known, and a series of Christian Merovingian cemeteries are recorded in the antiquarian literature. By a combination of desk-based research and fieldwork this project is mapping the evidence for the early church in the Cotentin, allowing the study of the development of the religious life in the region to move beyond the limitations of the documentary evidence.

This research is funded by grants from the Society of Medieval Archaeology, the Society for Church Archaeology and the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Stambul/Constantinople-Kucukcekmece – the Destination Port of the Way from the Varangians to the Greeks, a Centre of “Byzantinization” of the Rus’ Community

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : Błażej M. Stanisławski (, Sengül Aydingün (, Hakan Öniz (

Établissements principaux/Main institutions : Wrocław University, Kocaeli University, Selçuk University

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

The Way from the Varangians to the Greeks linked Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea zone with Constantinople. Through the route Byzantine goods and ideas reached the North. The ideas which, amongst others, created foundations of medieval European civilization in our part of the continent. The artery functioned as the result of relations between the Rus’/Scandinavians and Byzantines started in the 9th and continued in the 10th and 11th century. Their testimony are treaties from 911 and 944 mentioned in the Nestor’s Chronicle (Tale of Bygone Years). Under the agreements the Rus’ gained the right to stay in the neighbourhood of Constantinople.

The aim is: to locate the place of stay of the Rus’ at the gates of the capital of the Empire based on material and written sources (Greek and Latin); reconstruction of the cultural environment – based on archaeological data and historical texts- in which directly lived newcomers from Eastern Europe in Miklagård and determination of the impact of this environment on their culture.

The basis of the project is the hypothesis that the Byzantine settlement complex situated at Kucukcekmece Lake near Istanbul was the destination port of the route, perhaps identical with the zone appointed to the Rus’ as their place of residence at the gates of Constantinople mentioned in the treaties. This concept was formulated by S. Aydingün – the director of the excavations in Kucukcekmece and H. Öniz – the member of the excavation team. It is confirmed by artefacts of Rus’/Scandinavian origins discovered there, identified by the author of the project.

Interdisciplinary Project, Turkey and brings together the experience of Polish medieval studies. It includes specialists in archaeology (Viking culture, Byzantine studies, land and underwater excavations), classical philology, history and architecture. Its basis are studies of material sources obtained as a result of archaeological work in Kucukcekmece (using the classical and the latest methods of field prospection and documentation) as well as historical research of written sources (Greek and Latin) associated with this centre and problems in question.

The project will contribute to the perception of the cultural environment in which the first direct contact of communities from our part of the continent and the Byzantine civilization occurred and we will be able to recognize the Byzantine impact on the newcomers from the North.

It will create a new source foundation and fields to discussion within studies carried out in recent years, which aim to: (1) to illustrate the socio-economic background, against which the process of formation of first states in the Early Middle Ages occurred, with particular emphasis on the role played by the Norse; and (2) to study problems associated with the beginnings of the medieval European civilization started by Lech Leciejewicz (Nowa postać świata, Wrocław 2000). It will also contribute to resurrect the tradition of Wrocław Byzantine studies, initiated by George Ostrogorski and Mediterranean archaeology of the Middle Ages, created by Lech Leciejewicz.

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The Key to Uppåkra: digitizing a unique archeological cultural heritage

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : Torbjörn Ahlström (, Mats Roslund (

Établissements principaux/Main institutions : Historical Archaeology

Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

The purpose of the project The Key to Uppåkra is to create an integrated database containing spatial and chronological information from the archaeological investigations at Uppåkra in Scania, connected to a visual collection of the artefacts for further research and public visualization of the extensive sources. Firstly, it will secure the quality of and access to the archaeological documentation from the site. In the project, eighteen years of very diverse archaeological investigations are synchronised into a coherent digital frame, by using Intrasis and GIS, translating digital data into visual format. Secondly, parallel to the temporal-spatial ordering, 28 000 artefacts will be photographed and made accessible on the Internet by the use of K-Samsök and Europeana, two commonly used facilities in museums. This opens up possibilities for research on societal change during the politically formative period for early Scandinavian states, based on a site with extremely long settlement continuity. The database will be internationally accessible to scholars, as well as the public, through open access. The mobilization for a database will be the launchpad for sustainable knowledge, with national and international impact. Uppåkra will be important for scholars occupied with questions on pre-urban societies and how they were established and transformed into towns, in their ecological, social and cultural context. As such, the Uppåkra database will have a global scope.

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Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : David Griffiths (, Ms Jane Harrison (

Établissements principaux/Main institutions : University of Oxford

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

Established to explore the Medieval landscapes around Birsay and the Bay of Skaill in Orkney, this project conducts survey and excavation targeting settlement history. Excavations have focused on Norse-period settlements in the Mound of Snusgar area (site of a famous Norse-period hoard), a few minutes walk from the Skara Brae Neolithic site. Although the aim is to explore the Medieval landscape, the project has a wider landscape reconstruction remit which covers earlier periods as well. There are both training and research opportunities. There is normally a fee for student participation to cover costs and training. Fieldwork normally happens in August each year, and there are many opportunities to explore the famous sites on Orkney mainland.

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Hoards: Viking Age Gold and Silver from Ireland

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : John Sheehan (

Établissements principaux/Main institutions : University College Cork

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

This project will result in the publication of study and catalogue of the eighty-eight Viking-age gold and silver hoards containing non-numismatic material of Scandinavian character from Ireland, c. AD 800-c.1000, and will discuss these finds in the context of related hoards from Britain and Scandinavia. Undertaken in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland, this project details the hoards and their components and examines the social and economic impacts of the Vikings on early medieval Ireland.

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Conquest and continuity — Characterising portable metalwork in Late Saxon and Anglo-Norman England, AD 900-1250

Responsables du projet/Project leaders :

Michael Lewis (, Robert Webley

Établissements principaux/Main institutions :

University of York, The British Museum

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

The Norman Conquest of AD 1066 brought huge social and political change in England, most visible in the elite architecture of the period immediately after it. This project will explore whether or not these shifts can be seen in the portable material culture of the time.

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Reading and interpreting runic inscriptions: the theory and method of runology

Responsables du projet/Project leaders :

James E. Knirk (

Établissements principaux/Main institutions :

Kulturhistorisk museum, Oslo University

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

Runology concerns fundamentally the analysis of runes as writing symbols, the examination of runic objects and reading of runic inscriptions, particularly new finds, and the interpretation of runic texts. It is a field of study experiencing growth and development. Unfortunately, the field suffers from the lack of a clearly formulated theoretical platform and methodological approach. The research project will concern itself with the formulation of the theoretical and methodological foundation of runic research.

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TEI MEETING MEMBERS 2015 : « L’indexation des éditions de sources et la conception de base(s) prosopographique(s) : un outil collaboratif en TEI »

Marie Bisson
MRSH – pôle Document Numérique (USR 3486)
Centre Michel de Bouärd – Craham (UMR 6273 CNRS/Unicaen)

Du 26 au 31 octobre 2015 ont eu lieu les rencontres et conférences du consortium TEI, rencontres annuelles qui prenaient place cette année à Lyon ( et qui ont réuni différents acteurs de la recherche du monde entier utilisant le vocabulaire XML de la TEI.

Ce fut l’occasion pour nous de présenter des travaux menés conjointement au Centre Michel de Bouärd et au pôle Document numérique de la MRSH de Caen dans le cadre de Biblissima.

Nous avons donc présenté un outil collaboratif permettant la gestion de données prosopographiques et d’indexation d’anthroponymes.

Le contexte dans lequel cet outil a été créé est celui de l’édition de sources anciennes, édition scientifique avec des objectifs de recherche et d’analyse des données, mais sans jamais perdre de vue les objectifs d’édition matérielle et la possibilité de publier les données.

Son enjeu est notamment de permettre un enrichissement cumulatif de base de données XML à partir d’informations collectées à travers les textes.

Nous présentons ici le diaporama présenté lors de cette manifestation.


Des « Varègues » sur écorce de bouleau ?

Alexander Musin, Institut pour l’Histoire de la Culture Matérielle, Académie des Sciences de Russie, Saint-Pétersbourg

La campagne de fouilles réalisée à Novgorod la Grande (Russie) en 2015 a apporté quatre documents sur écorce de bouleau des XIIIe-XIVe siècles dont l’un mentionne le mot « varègue ». Le Récit des Temps Passés, la première Chronique russe, identifie généralement sous ce terme, des Scandinaves et, surtout pour les XIe-XIIe siècles, des Suédois. Le document trouvé dans les couches du XIIIe siècle a reçu le numéro 1064 dans la collection de cette série documentaire issue des fouilles de Novgorod, qui comptait, à la fin de la campagne de 2015, 1067 documents sur écorce de bouleau. Il a été rédigé en vieux slavon comme tous les textes de ce genre. À la suite d’une liste de dettes mal conservée figure une liste de sept noms avec parfois des surnoms à l’accusatif, parmi lesquels OSIPE VAREGE, c’est-à-dire « Joseph Varègue ».

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La numérisation des documents des archives du Palais Bénédictine à Fécamp

Michael Bloche, Conservateur aux Archives départementales de la Seine-Maritime

Les Archives départementales de la Seine-Maritime numérisent depuis plusieurs mois les chartes et autres documents intéressants l’abbaye de Fécamp et l’histoire de la Normandie conservées au Palais Bénédictine de Fécamp.

Ce projet est réalisé dans le cadre d’une coopération entre les Archives départementales de la Seine-Maritime, le Centre Michel de Boüard-CRAHAM (UMR 6273) et la société Bacardi-France, détentrice des fonds du Palais Bénédictine. Une convention réunissant les différents partenaires (2014) a établi les modalités de cette collaboration et de la réalisation du projet, en prévoyant à terme d’utiliser librement et gratuitement, à des fins non commerciales, les images numérisées à des fins de consultation, ou pour la réalisation de publications, bases de données et outils de travail. L’opération a reçu le soutien du Consortium CoSME (COnsortium Sources MEdiévales ( rattaché au TGIR Huma-Num du CNRS.

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Programme Ex monasterio Montis Sancti Michaelis : textes, matériaux et instruments pour une histoire de la bibliothèque du Mont Saint-Michel

Le programme Ex monasterio Montis Sancti Michaelis a été construit autour de la collection de manuscrits et d’imprimés en provenance de l’abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel conservée à Avranches. Il vise la mise en place d’un dispositif d’édition numérique, hébergé sur les serveurs de l’université de Caen, Basse-Normandie, qui réunira et mettra à la disposition des chercheurs et du public les documents utiles à l’histoire de la bibliothèque du Mont Saint-Michel.

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Le projet de corpus des chartes normandes SCRIPTA

Scripta (Site Caennais de Recherche Informatique et de Publication Textes Anciens, resp. P. Bauduin) s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un projet de recherches développé au Centre Michel de Boüard-Craham (UMR 6273) sur les sources textuelles de la Normandie médiévale qui comporte également une revue électronique (Tabularia), des rencontres scientifiques, des projets d’édition de sources, des recherches menées par des chercheurs confirmés et des doctorants (chartrier de Fécamp, cartulaire de Saint-Étienne de Caen, actes d’évêques).

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Mémoire et diplomatique : l’édition des actes des évêques de Sées (911-1220)

Mémoire et diplomatique : l’édition des actes des évêques de Sées (911-1220)

Responsable du projet/Project leader :

Richard Allen (

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

L’objectif du projet est simple : collecter et éditer d’une manière critique les actes donnés par les évêques du diocèse de Sées pendant la période allant de 911 jusqu’en 1220 en vue de mettre l’ensemble à disposition des chercheurs sous forme d’une publication traditionnelle ainsi qu’informatique. Bénéficiaire d’un financement (en post-doctorat) de l’Université de Caen Basse-Normandie durant l’année 2013, le travail se poursuit aujourd’hui dans le cadre du projet Corpus des actes épiscopaux normands (XIe-XIIIe siècle) développé au Centre Michel de Boüard-CRAHAM (UMR 6273). Le dépouillement systématique de l’essentiel des fonds d’archives conservés dans les dépôts départementaux et nationaux, tant en France qu’en Angleterre, a révélé l’existence de presque 400 actes, dont 111 nous sont parvenus en original. Pouvoir les consulter sera d’un profit considérable pour la connaissance de plusieurs aspects de l’histoire médiévale du diocèse de Sées ainsi que de la Normandie plus largement. Ils fournissent de nombreux renseignements sur la fonction épiscopale, sur l’action épiscopale dans l’administration du diocèse, sur le fonctionnement de la juridiction de l’évêque, sur les fondations d’abbayes, de prieurés et d’institutions charitables ou hospitalières, et sur les mutations socio-économiques qu’a connues la région au cours de ces siècles décisifs du Moyen Âge. Le diocèse de Sées, dont les limites s’étendaient au-delà des marges méridionales de la Normandie, offre aussi un sujet de recherches plein d’intérêt en ce qui concerne l’évolution des marches normandes, et les actes offrent des aperçus nouveaux sur les familles aristocratiques de cette zone frontière stratégique chevauchant les frontières des comtés du Maine et de Blois et Chartres. Ils contiennent enfin une masse de données toponymiques et leur édition constitue donc un apport important pour la toponymie et l’anthroponymie normande. Les financements reçus en 2013 ont également permis d’avancer le balisage XML des actes, ce qui permettra la publication du corpus sur double support dans le cadre du projet E-Cartae, dont les schémas d’encodage XML-TEI sont pris en charge par la chaîne d’édition multi-support des Presses Universitaires de Caen.