Over the last few years, the Department of History and Cultures of the University of Bologna has been increasingly involved in several projects aimed at the knowledge, management and preservation of sites and landscapes, with the main purpose of filling the dated gap between archaeology and modern development, which for a long time has been deeply rooted in the common Italian attitude concerning cultural heritage and planning. Among the several recent experiences of the University of Bologna in the field of development-led archaeology, this paper focuses on the most successful case study accomplished, which also best explains our adopted research approach. The case under discussion affects the site of Madonna del Piano in Corinaldo, in the northern Marche region, which is located on a fluvial terrace on the right bank of the Cesano river. Here, in 2010, an enlargement project of a gravel quarry started, promoted by the Consorzio Cava di Madonna del Piano and the Municipality of Corinaldo, in charge of the urban and territorial planning of this landscape. The activities developed into a large-scale job which involved also the interests of the local Superintendency, due to the high archaeological potential of the area, as well as its stratified human frequentation since the pre-Roman age. According to the new domestic law on “archeologia preventiva”, the work planning for the expansion of the quarry entailed a preliminary design phase, within which an in depth preventative archeological evaluation played a relevant role and became the focus. Since this first phase, the Department of History and Cultures has been involved in the project, within a stimulating institutional framework including the local administrative authority and consortium, Superintendency and University. All the entities involved collaborated towards the shared goal of improving the archaeological knowledge of the entire area covered by the plan, with the hopes of protecting the buried heritage, but without any need to stop the modern works.

Archaeological evaluation between research, landscape-management and prevention

SILANI, MICHELE GIOVANNI;BOSCHI, FEDERICA
2016

Abstract

Over the last few years, the Department of History and Cultures of the University of Bologna has been increasingly involved in several projects aimed at the knowledge, management and preservation of sites and landscapes, with the main purpose of filling the dated gap between archaeology and modern development, which for a long time has been deeply rooted in the common Italian attitude concerning cultural heritage and planning. Among the several recent experiences of the University of Bologna in the field of development-led archaeology, this paper focuses on the most successful case study accomplished, which also best explains our adopted research approach. The case under discussion affects the site of Madonna del Piano in Corinaldo, in the northern Marche region, which is located on a fluvial terrace on the right bank of the Cesano river. Here, in 2010, an enlargement project of a gravel quarry started, promoted by the Consorzio Cava di Madonna del Piano and the Municipality of Corinaldo, in charge of the urban and territorial planning of this landscape. The activities developed into a large-scale job which involved also the interests of the local Superintendency, due to the high archaeological potential of the area, as well as its stratified human frequentation since the pre-Roman age. According to the new domestic law on “archeologia preventiva”, the work planning for the expansion of the quarry entailed a preliminary design phase, within which an in depth preventative archeological evaluation played a relevant role and became the focus. Since this first phase, the Department of History and Cultures has been involved in the project, within a stimulating institutional framework including the local administrative authority and consortium, Superintendency and University. All the entities involved collaborated towards the shared goal of improving the archaeological knowledge of the entire area covered by the plan, with the hopes of protecting the buried heritage, but without any need to stop the modern works.
Looking to the Future, Caring for the Past. Preventive Archaeology in Theory and Practice
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Michele G. Silani; Federica Boschi
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