2016.02.19 - Symposium of Mediterranean Medieval Studies, 17.-18.03.2016

Wrocław, March 17-18, 2016
The Mediterranean gave birth to great ancient and antique civilizations. The region retained its
primacy in the early Middle Ages. It became the arena of activity of the Byzantine Empire, the
representatives of the Latin world, the Arabs and the Turks.
Moreover, the Mediterranean was back then also the direction of expansion of peoples from the
North - the Scandinavians, Vikings, Rus’ and Normans. This resulted in, amongst others, permanent
expeditions of inhabitants of Eastern Europe to Constantinople, the emergence of Norman Kingdom
of Southern Italy and Sicily, and during the Crusades creation of the Principality of Antioch
dominated by the Normans.
(1) The presence of representatives of the North in the Mediterranean zone; (2) contacts of these
people with the representatives of the Byzantine civilization, the Latin and Islamic tradition, as well
as the legacy of the antiquity; (3) and the cultural context in which occurred studied phenomena are
the subjects of two research projects under the 
MEDITERRANEO programme. The topic of the first
of them is the presence of Scandinavians and the Rus’ in the Byzantine Empire, and of the second
the activity of the Normans in southern Italy.
The aim of the symposium is cyclical presentation of the results of research carried out under the
MEDITERRANEO programme, exchange of experience, results of research and discussion with
scholars conducting studies on sites covered by the 
MEDITERRANEO programme and in fields of
Mediterranean medieval studies including archaeology, history, philology, architecture,
numismatics, art history and religious studies.
MEDITERRANEO project is led by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish
Academy of Sciences, Centre for Late Antique and Early Medieval Studies in Wrocław in cooperation with scientific institutions in Turkey (Department of Archaeology of the Kocaeli University, Department of Archaeology of the Selcuk University in Konya) and Italy (Soprintendenza Palermo. Sezione Beni Archeologici). It corresponds to Wrocław tradition of Byzantine studies, initiated in our city by George Ostrogorski and Mediterranean archaeology of the Middle Ages created by Lech Leciejewicz.
1st DAY: 17 of March
10.00: Opening Ceremony SESSION 1
Chair: Sławomir Moździoch
Władysław Duczko (Pułtusk): What made the Rus turn attention to Byzantium
10.45: Aleksander Musin (St. Petersburg): Archaeological evidences on the contacts between
Mediterranean region and Eastern Europe
11.15: Gościwit Malinowski (Wrocław): Wawel Dragon reconsidered
11.45: Jacek Kościuk (Wrocław): Early medieval market place in Abu Mina
12.15: Coffee break SESSION 2
Chair: Aleksander Musin
Şengül Aydingün (Kocaeli): Küçükçekmece Lake's Basin (Bathonea) Excavations
13.15: Haldun Aydıngün (Canakale): Transport via Bathonea from Mediterranean to Black sea in
Bronze Ages
13.45: Błażej Stanisławski (Wrocław): Chronology of the Byzantine settlement sequences in
14.30: Lunch SESSION 3
Chair: Marcin Wołoszyn
Ülkü Kara (Izmir): Late Roman Amphora fragments with inscriptions and stamps from
16.30: Anna Czerepok (Wrocław): Semiotic study of the Byzantine architectural details from
17.00: Şeniz Atik, Merve Özkılıç (Stambul): Glass finds Küçükçekmece Lake Basin (Bathonea)
17.30: Coffee break SESSION 4
Chair: Gościwit Malinowski
Olga Węglorz (Wrocław): Melantias – identification and localization of the ancient city
18.15: Konrad Szymański (Wrocław): Searching for localization of Church and District of St.
Mamas on the example of analysis Constantine Porphyrogenitus’ works
18.45: Tomasz Pełech (Wrocław): The cult of Saint Mamas in Langres
20.00: Dinner
2nd DAY: 18 of March SESSION 5
Chair: Iryna Teslenko
Tadeusz Baranowski (Warsaw): Polish-Italian archaeological collaboration on the Middle
Ages archaeology
10.30: Sławomir Moździoch (Wrocław): First results of the excavation of the church of San
Michele (Santa Maria di Campogrosso) in Altavilla Milicia (Sicily). Saison 2015
11.00: Piotr Wroniecki, Marcin Jaworski (Warsaw): Non-invasive survey of the San Michele del
Golfo church
11.30: Coffee break SESSION 6
Chair: Tadeusz Baranowski
Anna Kubicka (Wrocław): Theoretical reconstruction of St. Michele church in Altavilla
Milicia – results of the field research in 2015
12.30: Ewa Moździoch (Wrocław): Early Medieval pottery from the archaeological site of
Altavilla Milicia 1 in the context of North Sicilian pottery
13.00: Oskar Struzik (Wrocław): Mason’s marks from Altavilla Milicia and their utility in
establishing relative chronology
13.30: Lunch SESSION 7
Chair: Władysław Duczko
Mateusz Bogucki (Warsaw): Byzantine coins found in Poland
15.30: Karol Kollinger (Warsaw): Pólútasvarf puzzle - did Harald Sigurdsson three times rob the
palace of Basileus?
16.00: Jakub Morawiec (Katowice): Miklagardr in the medieval Icelandic literature
16.30: Arngrimur Vidalin (Reykiavik): Byzantium and the East in the worldview of medieval
17.00: Coffee break SESSIN 8
Chair: Şengül Aydingün
Marcin Böhm (Opole): The Role of port Bukaleon during reign of the Macedonian dynasty
17.45: Iryna Teslenko (Kiev): Byzantine Glazed Ceramics in Northern Black Sea Region at the
Beginning of the “Italian Epoch” in the Black Sea Trade (the 13
th – first half of the 14th centuries)
18.15: Maria Kasińska (Wrocław): Byzantine churches in Tauric Chersonesus Organizers:
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Late Antique and Early Medieval Studies

& Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University of Wrocław Scientific Committee:

Professor Sławomir Moździoch
dr hab. 
Błażej Stanisławski
Professor Gościwit Malinowski
dr hab. 
Tadeusz Baranowski Place:
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences
Więzienna St. 6, 50-118 Wrocław


Błażej Stanisławski, e-mail st-wski@wp.pl


Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Ośrodek Badań nad Kulturą Późnego Antyku i Wczesnego Średniowiecza
Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
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