Italy - Marche
Scientific research, both archaeological and historical, has shown that the center of Italy, and especially the area of the Marche Region, was definitely affected by the Franco-Carolingian presence. The lack of an organic search, however, not allowed so far, to understand the real magnitude of this presence.
Nevertheless, the architectural elements, the symbols and some particular cultural, cuisine and language traditions of the area suggest that this presence has not been so sparse.
This field of activity fits perfectly with the multidisciplinary structure of IRIAE, which counts among her members various professionals, including archaeologists, historians, ethnologists, photographers, documentary makers etc.
The IRIAE, in 2014, established an IRIAE Marche Office, which will manage the project and be a reference point for research and institutional contacts on behalf of the Central IRIAE Ethnological Office whose manager, Maria Vassileva, lies precisely in the Marche Region.
The Research Project
The project has among its main objectives the ethnographic mapping and cataloging of the Carolingians traces found in the Marche region and the analysis of the fundamental stages of "The Way of Carolingians"©. It is, therefore, an interdisciplinary analysis that will have as object of study not only the medium-sized towns like Fano, Ancona and Senigallia, but also small settlements on the Adriatic coast and inland, as Montemarciano, Corridonia, San Claudio, San Severino Marche and San Ginesio.
The analysis of "The Way of Carolingians"© will be based on a careful examination of historical sources in relation to archaeological finds survived in the Marche after more than a thousand years and the results of interviews with the natives.
We do not exclude the possibility, if it should be identified an archaeological site, to request permission to carry out excavations ex novo.
The chronological and philological reconstruction, object of the Project, will be the result of a long and careful activity: search for literary sources of the examined historical period, ethnographic collection of Marche oral culture, examination of architectural and sculptural remains of the Carolingian and pre-Carolingian period, verification of existing routes in the studied historical period by maps and inventories of the Roman and early medieval period, comparing the latest historiographical thesis, geographical and geological studies aimed at the determination of possible changes of the territory (man-made matrix and not).