Carola Small is Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta where she taught Medieval History for almost 30 years and, since retirement in 1997, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research work was initially in Later Medieval France though she has also published articles on 13th century South Italy based on documentary evidence. Since 1980 she has joined her husband Alastair Small on his archaeological expeditions. Her interest in surface survey began with exploring the area round his excavations at San Giovanni di Ruoti and after retirement she became involved in the field survey presented as the core part of this book, taking over much of the direction of it when he opened up a dig at Vagnari in the survey area. She also studied the medieval documentary evidence for the survey area and its environs.
The broad valley of the Bradano river and its tributary, the Basentello, separates the Apennine mountains in Lucania from the limestone plateau of the Murge in Apulia in southeast Italy. This book aims to explain how the pattern of settlement and land use changed in the valley over the whole period from the Neolithic to the late medieval.READ MORE
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