This volume is the result of a research project that, since 2008, has had the objective of studying and understanding the spatial planning and dynamics of rural settlements located in the catchment of the River Cavadonna (south-eastern Sicily) between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The new archaeological and topographical data that has emerged from recent surveys, along with a preliminary review of documentary sources and place names, together with a preliminary census of all archaeological evidence known through the scientific literature and local erudition, may contribute to a better analysis of the historical context and topographical relationships of the ancient and medieval settlements in Syracuse's inland, and to their connection with the viability, and the peculiar geographical and strategic positions, of the ancient Greek metropolis of Syracuse and its sub-colony of Akrai. This book includes prefaces by Professor Giovanni Uggeri, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Topography at the University of Roma La Sapienza, and Professor Dario Palermo, Full Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Catania.AUTHOR
Santino Alessandro Cugno graduated cum laude in Archaeology (University of Pisa), with a Master's Degree in Tutela, Valorizzazione e Promozione dei Beni culturali e paesaggistici and two Postgraduate Diplomas, in Museology (Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa) and in Late Antiquity and Medieval Archaeology (School of Specialization of Florence). He has collaborated with the chair of Museology and Classical Archaeology (Kore University of Enna) and is a member of the UNESCO Youth Committee for Italy.
‘This research represents a much needed contribution and a valuable starting point for those interested in late antique and Byzantine Sicily.’ Denis Sami, Medieval Archaeology, 61.2, 2017