Regional approaches to medieval monasticism, taking into account all monastic foundations from all monastic orders, have contributed to an understanding of the different historical-geographical regions of medieval Europe. Amongst the most frequently discussed issues are royal patronage and monasteries, mendicant orders in the context of royal power and urban development, female monasticism, regional, social and economic conditions, and monastic orders as vehicles, of intellectual spiritual and technical innovations.
A key project that has been developed as part of the Specialization in Environmental & Landscape History (EHLS) is the Medieval Animal Data-network (MAD). It was conceived as a way of addressing the manifold ways humans related to and depended on animals for physical and spiritual existence in Medieval Central Europe. Above all, this network is intended to create a truly multi-disciplinary tool for research.
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.
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