The first two sections of this book explore different ways of understanding seismic phenomena and present strategies for post-disaster management. Later sections present palaeoseimological and archaeological data (for the most part previously unpublished) on various sites in the Italian peninsula and the wider Mediterranean world and its frontiers.
In a Mediterranean area characterised by strong seismic activity, the earthquake that struck central Italy in 2016 caused considerable damage to the archaeological and historical heritage. This catastrophic event, as well as recent archaeological fieldwork and palaeoseimological research in the same area, led to the organisation in 2019 of the first International Conference Living with seismic phenomena in the Mediterranean from Antiquity to the Middle Ages in Cascia (Italy). In 2021, a second Conference, devoted to the same topic, was held at Le Mans University (France).
The articles collected in this work constitute a selection of the oral presentations or posters presented during the two Conferences. In the first two sections of the book, the reader will find contributions ranging from different ways of understanding seismic phenomena to strategies of post-disaster management, adaptation and resilience employed by societies and political authorities. From the third part onwards, palaeoseimological and archaeological data (for the most part previously unpublished) are presented on various sites in the Italian peninsula and the wider Mediterranean world and its frontiers. The final section is devoted to the emerging field of multidisciplinary studies on the specific characteristics of reconstruction and post-seismic building techniques.
As a whole, using a multidisciplinary approach, the contents of the book aim to push forward knowledge on human/environment relations in the longue durée, contribute to the protection of the architectural and cultural heritage, and promote a culture of risk management in territories exposed to potential seismic activity.
Rita Compatangelo-Soussignan is Professor of Roman History at Le Mans University (FR). Since 2017 she has been the Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Archaeology, Archaeometry, History, involving the CNRS, the Ministry of Culture and the Universities of Rennes, Nantes, Le Mans. In the framework of various international programmes, her multidisciplinary research focuses on ancient landscapes, geography and science. She is the author or the scientific editor of several books including Landmarks and Socio-Economic Systems (2008) and L’expérience de la catastrophe (2019). ;
Francesca Diosono is Researcher at the Institute of Classical Archaeology of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (DE). Her fields of interest include Roman archaeology, landscape archaeology and Roman material culture. She has worked since the 2000s on a range of projects in Italy, Spain, France and Jordan. She is the scientific editor or co-editor of several books, most recently Villa San Silvestro di Cascia. Archeologia e storia di un abitato nella Sabina montana dalla conquista romana al Medioevo (2022). ;
Frédéric Le Blay is Associate Professor at Nantes University (FR), a member of Centre François Viète and the Director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin (CNRS, Universities of Nantes, Angers, Le Mans). His research focuses on ancient science and environmental issues. He is the scientific editor of A Universal Imagination of the End of the World? (2018).