Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, trade systems and the places of ceramic production change considerably. In Italy, new rural centres are known, with artisan structures and urban spaces used for new factories, as happens in other Late Ancient Mediterranean cities. Transport dynamics and the actors of this commercialization are also new. For example, new figures of entrepreneurs invest in the foundation of production centres in different areas of the Italian peninsula. This research project is aimed at study the analysis of these new production centres, specialized in the manufacture of fine ceramics and other clay materials in Italy. Urban and rural landscape will be considered, focusing on the areas of distribution and reception of the artefacts in order to establish the main trends of the early medieval economy starting from new archaeological data.
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