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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

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Forlin, P., Gerrard, C. M. & Petley, D. (2015), ArMedEa project: archaeology of medieval earthquakes in Europe (1000-1550 AD). First research activities, in Blumetti, A.M., Cinti, F., De Martini, P., Galadini, F., Guerrieri, L., Michetti, A.M., Pantosti, D. & Vittori, E. eds, 6th International Inqua Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology. Pescina, Italy, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, 166-169.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper introduces the research of the Armedea project. Armedea (Archaeology of medieval earthquakes in Europe,
1000-1550 AD) is a medieval archaeology project undertaken at the Department of Archaeology of Durham University which
analyses archaeological evidence related to late medieval seismic-affected contexts at a European scale. This project is therefore
focused on both earthquake effects on archaeological sites, their standing buildings and environment, and the archaeological
evidence that reveals the response of medieval societies in terms of risk reduction, protection and resilience. A first preview of GIS
analysis of seismic activity impact on medieval societies and fieldwork activities carried out in Italy, Cyprus and Azores (Portugal)
is presented here. This research is supported by a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship within the 7th European Community
Framework Programme.


19-24 April 2015

Department of Archaeology

Scottish Soldiers Project

Cooperating with the Palace Museum in China