A Tribute to Sandro Salvatori edited by Donatella Usai, Stefano Tuzzato and Massimo Vidale. Paperback; 205x290mm; 372 pages; 260 figures (128 plates in colour). 615 2020. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781789694406. Epublication ISBN 9781789694413. |
Tales of Three Worlds collects, as a sign of gratitude and affection, a series of papers by many authors who, in different times, contexts and contingencies, had the luck to meet Sandro Salvatori, and share with him a path of knowledge and mutual personal acquaintance. The book is divided in three sections. Whatever was the apparent relevance of what he was documenting and protecting, Sandro always acted with a deep sense of personal responsibility and with the utmost care. The first section deals with his long years of work in Middle Asia, from the plains of Sistan to those of the Indus, the coasts of the Omani peninsula and southern Turkmenistan. Here, as all authors acknowledge, Sandro's papers have marked true benchmarks of archaeological research – milestones that will be used by others for many future decades for new outlines of the social evolution in the involved regions. The second tells about Sandro's activities in Italy, as an officer of the Archaeological Superintendency (Ministry of Cultural Heritage) of his region; for years, he was daily on duty for monitoring and preserving a wide range of cultural contexts, often far from the lights of the academic scenarios. Third comes a section on the prehistory of north-eastern Africa, a context in which Sandro could work in full scientific and familiar ease, as he was prevented from doing in other situations. The groundbreaking nature of his work here is self-evident. The editors and authors of the book know very well that the sign left by this book is certainly too little for what Sandro has actually done in our field and in the life of many friends and colleagues – but the sign is a long-due one, and it is sincere.
About the Editors
Donatella Usai graduated in Italian prehistory and holds a PhD in African Archaeology. She is director of the El-Salha/Al- Khiday Archaeological Project-CSS&S in Sudan since 2000; has published various monographs and numerous papers on prehistory of Africa and other areas where she has been working for the past thirty years.
Stefano Tuzzato specialised in classical and medieval archaeology at the Catholic University of Milan. He is a professional archaeologist and project manager in archaeology and permanent collaborator of the Superintendencies, conducting interventions for public bodies, for individuals and for companies mainly in Italy but also abroad (Nepal, Giordania, Turkmenistan, Sudan). He published numerous papers in specialised magazines and monographs.
Massimo Vidale has carried out archaeological and ethnoarchaeological studies in Italy, Asia and Africa for the last 45 years. His main focus is the study of ancient and traditional craft technologies, interlaced with the micro-stratigraphic study of ancient workshops and activity areas. He is Professor of Archaeology of Craft Production and Near Eastern Archaeology at the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padova.
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