Forsaken Ecologies. Enviromental archaeology and conservation of cultural landscapes in the Apuo-Versilian mountain

The Apuan mountains, and in particular the Versilian side, is a territory marked by progressive abandonments that have caused a strong environmental impact, with the loss of biodiversity and an increase in slopes instability. For this type of environments, characterized by a high vulnerability, the IPCC reports envisage scenarios in which extreme climatic events will induce severe erosion and hydrogeological instability, causing the loss of landmarks in the cultural landscape.

The combined analysis of the material traces of anthropic activities, of the located knowledge of local communities and the paleoenvironmental evolution of the territory, constitutes a powerful resource for the promotion of policies for a sustainable management of mountain areas.
The work will follow a protocol that integrates (through qualitative and quantitative methods) archaeology, paleoecology, ethnography, and participatory approaches, in order to map environmental transformations, the tangible products of human action and the set of intangible practices aimed at maintaining the cultural landscape. The development of portable and non-destructive diagnostic systems for the study of paleoenvironmental proxies will allow a better monitoring of ongoing changes and predictive modeling of the impact of environmental change on the archaeological record.
The research will help to strengthen the pact between land and memory through the construction of a shared awareness for the care of mountain areas in times of climate crisis, creating a repeatable model that can be applied to other contexts.

Principal Investigator:
Gabriele Gattiglia
Claudia Sciuto
Francesca Anichini

Funding: REACT EU – Programma Operativo Nazionale Ricerca e Innovazione 2014-2020