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First Archaeological Data from an Alpine Pastoral Enclosure at Val Poré (Val di Sole, Trentino, Italy)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Francesco CarrerORCiD


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An archaeological research project was recently started in the Alpine upland ofVal di Sole (Trentino, Italy) to study the pastoral exploitation of mountain land and itsrelationships with landscape and environmental evolution. The project, called ALPES("Alpine Landscapes: Pastoralism and Environment of Val di Sole"), has included thesurvey of two upland valleys (Val Molinac and Val Poré) and the identification of varioussites and structures — enclosures, huts and rock-shelters — mostly related to shepherds.Detailed topographic survey and first stratigraphic tests were performed at the enclosurecalled MZ005S (2257 m altitude) sporadically used until the mid 20th century AD. Theevidence collected suggest a long term human occupation of the area: stray prehistoricevidence was found; radiocarbon dates gave results to the 7th-8th and to the 15th century AD;and the assemblage collected indicates occupation of the site during the 16th-17th centuryAD. These first data provide insights on the use of the site, on the relationships betweenlandscape evolution and human exploitation of the upland and on some aspects of thecultural and socio-economic context in the late medieval and early modern periods in thissector of the Alps.

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Author(s): Carrer F, Angelucci DE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Debates de Arqueología Medieval

Year: 2013

Volume: 3

Pages: 149-166

Print publication date: 01/12/2013

Acceptance date: 26/06/2013

ISSN (print): 2174-8934