The aim of the project is to carry out archaeological excavations in cooperation with European organizations in the harbour quarter of Classe, Ravenna. This area of the settlement has crucial importance from the archaeological and topographical point of view, because it is situated on the channel that connected Classe with the Adriatic Sea and the city of Ravenna. It is characterized by the presence of buildings used for storage, working, and the production of goods. The project, therefore, will add new data for our knowledge about the inner structure of an important European city, Classe, in the antique, late antique and early medieval period. This excavation will help to verify the quality and the degree of involvement of the city centers of Classe and Ravenna in the economic picture of the late Roman and Byzantine empires.
The project also aims at different activities in the field of cultural heritage. The excavation will contribute to the diffusion of advanced research technologies and methods by the exchange of skills and techniques between different groups of experts and students. Furthermore, the archaeological heritage of the late antique and early medieval period will be presented for the wider public with the help of multilingual websites and programs designed for the dissemination of new research data.
Teams of students and experts of the participating institutions will work together on the site and the research partners will organize seminars to summarize the project results.
Main events of the project
PROGETTO CLASSE: ARCHEOLOGIA DI UNA CITTA' ABBANDONATA (Kick-off meeting) Ravenna, November 28 - December 1, 2005 Hosting organization: Fondazione Parco archaologico di Classe
VRBES EXTINCTAE: ARCHAEOLOGIES OF ABANDONED CLASSICAL SITES Leicester, Saturday, May 13, 2006 Hosting organization: University of Leicester
A one day conference on approaches to and results of archaeologies of 'lost' Roman towns
TRANSLATION, TRANSFORMATIO. CHANGES OF LATE ANTIQUE AND EARLY MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN CULT PLACES AND SITES IN THE MIDDLE AGES Budapest, Saturday, September 16, 2006 Hosting organization: CEU, Budapest
LA IGLESIA DE SAN SEVERO CLASSE - RAVENNA Barcelona, Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Hosting organization: University of Barcelona
PROGETTO CLASSE: ARCHEOLOGIA DI UNA CITTA' ABBANDONATA (Final conference) Wednesday, October 25, 2006 Hosting organization: Ravennantica, Ravenna
CLASSE: ARCHEOLOGIA DI UNA CITTA' ABBANDONATA Wednesday, October 25, 2006 (Final conference) Indagini Archeologiche Presso il Complesso di San Severo Hosting organization: University of Bologna