Title research: River communities and the maritime landscape of river Sile, Italy.
Keywords: contemporary archaeology; maritime archaeology; intangible heritage; cultural landscape; ship’s graveyards; community archaeology
Abstract: To what extent the development of navigation between XIX and XX centuries on the river Sile (Veneto, Italy) had an influence on the relationships among river communities and what were the consequences on their cultural landscape?
The river Sile, in Italy, was used since Medieval times as main connection for the transport of goods and person among the town and the lagoon of Venice, the inland of Treviso and other Italian andthe river was then abandoned in the late Seventies as cause of a
broad national economic strategy which invested on road transport instead of implementing the
riverine transport. The effects of this strategy produced a social and economic change at a local as well as a national level. Looking through the lens of contemporary archaeology and including in my research an involvement of present riverine communities (inhabitants; institutions and authorities; the local association Open Canoe Open Mind) on the Sile and a different asset of data and sources, I will investigate how many landscapes exists and existed.
The research is enriched by the contribute of a team: among them another maritime archaeologist, specialized in shipbuilding techniques, Claudio Fadda.
Location: River Sile, Veneto, Italy
Contact: Marta Laureanti, PhD candidate, email@example.com