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



Chair: Sławomir Moździoch

10.15: 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



Chair: Aleksander Musin

12.45: Şengül Aydingün (Kocaeli): Küçükçekmece Lake's Basin (Bathonea) Excavations

13.15: Haldun Aydıngün (Canakale): Transport via Bathonea from Mediterranaen to Black Sea in Bronze Ages

13.45: Błażej Stanisławski, Anna Kubicka (Wrocław): Chronology of the Byzantine settlement sequences in Küçükçekmece

14.15: Anna Czerepok (Wrocław): Semiotic study of the Byzantine architectural details from Küçükçekmece


15.00: Lunch



Chair: Marcin Wołoszyn

16.30: Ülkü Kara (Izmir): Late Roman Amphora fragments with inscriptions and stemps from Bathoneae

17.00: Şeniz Atik, Merve Özkılıç (Stambul): Glass finds from Küçükçekmece Lake Basin (Bathonea) Excavations

17.30: Hakan Öniz, Mazlum Mert Antika (Konya): Archaeological sonar surveys in two lagoons of Turkey: Küçükçekmece (Stanbul) and Beymelek (Antalya)


18.00: Coffee break



Chair:  Gościwit Malinowski

18.15:   Olga Węglarz (Wrocław): Melantias – identification and localisation of the ancient city

18.45: Konrad Szymański (Wrocław): Searching for localization of Church and District of St. Mamas on the example of analysis Constantine Porphyrogenitus’ works

19.15: Tomasz Pełech (Wrocław): The cult of Saint Mamas in Langres


20.00: Dinner


2nd DAY: 18 of March



Chair:  Iryna Teslenko

10.00: Vladimir Zorić (Palermo):  Area presbiteriale nelle chiese del dominio normanno

10.30: Tadeusz Baranowski (Warsaw): Polish-Italian  archaeological collaboration on the Middle Ages archaeology

11.00: Sławomir Moździoch, Ewa Moździoch (Wrocław): First results of the excavation of the church of San Michele (Santa Maria di Campogrosso) in Altavilla Milicia (Sicily). Saison 2015


11.30: Coffee break



Chair:  Tadeusz Baranowski

12.00: Piotr Wroniecki, Marcin Jaworski (Warsaw): Non-invasive survey of the San Michele del Golfo church

12.30: Anna Kubicka (Wrocław): Theoretical reconstruction of St. Michele church in Altavilla Milicia – results of the field research in 2015

13.00: Oskar Struzik (Wrocław): Mason’s marks from Altavilla Milicia and their utility in establishing relative chronology

 13.30: Lunch



Chair: Władysław Duczko

15.00: 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 medievial Icelandic literature

16.30: Arngrimur Vidalin (Reykiavik): Byzantium and the East in the worldview of medieval North


17.00: Coffee break



Chair:  Şengül Aydingün

17.15: Marcin Böhm (Opole): The Role of port Bukaleon during regin 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 13th – first half of the 14th centuries)

18.15: Maria Kasińska (Wrocław): Byzantine churches in Tauric Chersonesus 


Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

& Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University of Wrocław

Scientific Committee:
Professor dr hab. Sławomir Moździoch
dr hab. Błażej Stanisławski
Professor dr hab. Gościwit Malinowski
dr hab. Tadeusz Baranowski


Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

Więzienna St. 6, 50-118 Wrocław



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




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