Medieval and post-medieval earthquakes in Europe


12 October 2018

Durham University, Department of Archaeology

Dr Paolo Forlin
Professor Chris Gerrard

A research project of the Department of Archaeology:

“Seismic catalogues of historic events play a significant role in hazard mitigation across the European Union. Based mainly on documentary surveys or driven from an earth-science perspective, the archaeological verification of seismic activity remains under-researched. The aim of ArMedEa (April 2014 – March 2016) was to develop the analysis of the physical impacts of earthquakes, tsunamis and seismically-induced landslide during the later Middle Ages (here 1000-1550 AD). Our work is at a European scale and adopts a specifically archaeological approach to collate and integrate information from a wide range of sources including standing buildings, buried stratigraphical sequences and palaeoenvironmental data. We worked on projects in the Azores, southern Spain, Italy and Cyprus. We offered a preliminary presentation of our research activities in a paper published in 2015 (ArMedEa project: archaeology of medieval earthquakes in Europe (1000-1550 AD). First research activities, 6th International Inqua Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology, 19-24 April 2015, Pescina, Fucino Basin, Italy, pp. 166-169). This research was supported by a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship within the 7th European Community Framework Programme. You can find more about the results of the ArMedEa project here: but please contact us if you would like to know more. The research papers developed out of this project are referenced on the ArMedEa blog and we are currently editing a monograph for the Society for Medieval Archaeology which touches upon many of these themes. This will be published in 2019. We cover techniques of recording of seismically-affected sites in a 2018 paper (Assessing earthquake effects on archaeological sites using photogrammetry and 3D model analysis, Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage) (…)”