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Fluttuazioni commerciali tra nord Africa e Sicilia meridionale: il VIe e il VII secolo D.C. Cignana come caso studio

Abstract : Abstract: Trade fluctuations between North Africa and Southern Sicily: the 6th and 7th centuries AD. Cignana as a case study. This essay will examine the trend in imports of African potteries – notably amphorae and fine wares – in a rural zone of southern Sicily. We are dealing with the region of Cignana, not far from the coastline, where archaeological excavations documented a large settlement that experienced a big growth between the 5th and 6th centuries AD. During this period, a shift in the ceramic supply from the Zeugitana towards the Byzacena occurred. Nevertheless, the positive trend in imports persists until the last decades of the 6th century. Thereafter, it shows a decrease until the apparent interruption after the mid-7th century. New changes in the Mediterranean trading system seem to undermine the proximity exchanges between northern Africa and southern Sicily, but not the long-distance ones. At Cignana, this causes a gap in our knowledge that is still difficult to fill today. However, the discovery of a new ceramic class inspired by African prototypes of the late 7th century stimulates further reflection on the material culture of early Byzantine Sicily.
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Fabrizio Ducati. Fluttuazioni commerciali tra nord Africa e Sicilia meridionale: il VIe e il VII secolo D.C. Cignana come caso studio. Mare Internum. Archeologia e Culture del Mediterraneo, Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2021, 2020 (12), pp.85-97. ⟨hal-03385670⟩

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