Skip to 0 minutes and 2 seconds A famous proverb says, all roads lead to Rome. In this course, we’ll take one of these roads and go back in time. I’m Alexandra Chavarria, Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Padova, and with me as your guide, we will unravel the end of the Roman Empire, a period traditionally considered as a time of crisis characterized by climatic change, political upheavals, massive migrations, and even pandemics.
Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds This is vital to understanding, not only the end of the Roman Empire, but also the emergence of a new world which served as the roots for modern Europe. Based on archaeological and written evidence and drawing on cutting-edge scientific methods for understanding the material culture of the past, this course will explore different aspects of this dark period in order to throw a fresh light on their causes and consequences, as well as their implications for understanding our present and immediate future.
Skip to 1 minute and 25 seconds Focusing on archaeological research centered in Northern Italy, you will learn the main events characterizing the period between the fifth and the eighth century. We’ll also unearth how archaeologists and other researchers at the University of Padova reveal innovative historical information, thanks to the development of sophisticated tools and techniques. Journey with me as we start digging for truth.