June 11, 2019


  • Documentary series on Sardinia

On-location filming and interviews across Sardinia to capture the history, identity and landscape of the island. Written, produced and directed in collaboration with London/Prague-based film-maker, Nina Bumbálková.


  • Invited research seminars

Alex Metcalfe, ‘The Muslims of Medieval Italy’, University of Colorado, Boulder. April 2019.

Hervin Fernández-Aceves, ‘A Byzantine register or a Latin chartulary? The textual sources of Medieval Sardinia’, Lancaster University. November 2019.

Alex Metcalfe, ‘Byzantine Sardinia and the Arab Conquests’, Edinburgh University. November 2019.

Hervin Fernández-Aceves, ‘Toxic Historiography and a Made-Up Medieval Past: The Forgeries of Arborea’, Lancaster University. February 2020.

‘Tunisia in the Global Middle Ages: Gold Routes and Silver Supply in the Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods.’ A panel discussion with Alex Metcalfe, ‘On the source and supply of silver dirhams in early ʿAbbāsid Tunisia’; Hervin Fernández-Aceves, ‘The making of medieval Tunisia and Sardinia: Parallel or divergent histories?’ and Marco Muresu, ’The minting of gold coinage at Byzantine Carthage: Its rise and fall?’. Respondent: William E. Granara, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Tunisia Office of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. 27 June 2022.


  • Conference papers

Giovanni Serreli, ‘Siamo stati giudicati  La Sardegna giudicale tra originalità e tradizione’, Cagliari, Ex Vetreria, 5 May 2019.

Hervin Fernández-Aceves, ‘Reading, Connecting, and Visualising the Condaghes: The Networks of Medieval Sardinia’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, 5 July 2019.

Hervin Fernández-Aceves, ‘Moving from Byzantine to Latin: a Comparative Proposal for the Study of the Sardinian ‘Condaghes’, Society for the Medieval Mediterranean 6th Biennial Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 9 July 2019.

Marco Muresu, ‘The coin as an archaeological ‘settlement marker’ to reconstruct the organization of Byzantine Sardinia (VI-XI cent. AD)’, VI International Numismatic and Economic Conference “Pecunia Omnes Vincit” (Krakow, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, 31 May–1 June 1 2019).

Thomas Birch (with M. Mrnjić, G. Barfod, G.A. Hagen-Peter, S.M. Sindbæk, and C. Lesher), ‘Identification of silver surface enrichment in historical silver coins – a method improvement and a study of trace element behaviour,’ Archaeometallurgy in Europe (AIE) V, 19–21 June 2019, Miskolc, Hungary.

Marco Muresu, ‘Barbarikinoi, Barbaricini? Riflessioni storiche e archeologiche su un dubbio ancora irrisolto (secoli V-VI)’, Storia della Barbagia. Primo appunto, Gavoi, Sardinia, 9 November 2019.

Hervin Fernández-Aceves, ‘Mapping the networks of Medieval Sardinia’, Digital Humanities Research Forum, Lancaster, UK, 13 November 2019.

Marco Muresu,‘Santa Igia come “città della complessità’, Città tra mare e laguna: da Santa Gilla a Cagliari. Aspetti archeologici, geologici, storici, insediativi e sociali (Cagliari, 19-20 January 2022).

Marco Muresu, ‘Nuovi studi sulla chiesa di S. Maria (Villasimius-Cagliari)’, XII Congresso Nazionale di Archeologia Cristiana “Archeologia Cristiana in Italia. Ricerche, metodi e prospettive (1993-2022)” (Rome, 20-23 September 2022).

Marco Muresu, ‘The Byzantine Fibulae of Sardinia’, Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine fibulae. An International e-conference in honour of Dr Maurizio Buora (Izmir, Tukey, 12-13 May 2022).

Marco Muresu, ‘I sigilli arcontali della Sardegna, tra Bisanzio e i Giudicati’. L’Italia Meridionale nel Medioevo. Un centro politico, culturale ed economico (Secoli V-XIII) (Amalfi, Centro di Storia e Cultura Amalfitana, 9-11 December 2021).

Marco Muresu, ‘Identity, Community and ‘Language of Power’ in Byzantine Sardinia: burials in nuraghi (seventh – ninth c. CE)’. International Congress of Classical Antiquities (Rome, Università “Tor Vergata”, 22-24 November 2021).

Marco Muresu, ‘The Byzantine Seals of Sardinia: Rise of the Archontes’. International Congress of Medieval Studies (Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, 13-16 May 2021).

Marco Muresu, ‘Ipotesi di ricostruzione di una rete difensiva nel territorio della Sardegna bizantina. Dati dalle sepolture di militari’, La difesa militare bizantina in Italia (sec. VI-XI) (15-18 April 2021; on line).

Marco Muresu, ‘Lo sviluppo locale e gli itinerari turistico culturali: una tematica di ricerca’, closing event of the third edition of the Project Elini Paese Museo, sponsored by the Comune di Elini and fund by Fondazione di Sardegna (23 January 2021).

Marco Muresu, ‘Coastal and Inland Landscapes of Sardinia between Byzantines and Fatimids. A Matter of Continuity through the Magnifier of Coinage and Amphorae (6th-11th centuries CE)’, Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting (New Orleans, 5-8 January 2023).

Alex Metcalfe, ‘Long-term historiographies – Muslim expansion in the western Mediterranean and the case of medieval Sardinia’. Usages du passé islamique médiévcal et orintalisme dans l’Europe méridionale di XIXe siècle : une histoire transationale (Italie, Espagne, Portugal, France). Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (9–10 February 2023).


  • Other Engagement activities

Marco Muresu (with D. D’Orlando), ‘Continuità insediative e possibili sincretismi devozionali nel paesaggio protostorico della Sardegna: i casi dei nuraghi Cuccurada (Mogoro) e Santu Miali (Pompu) nell’alta Marmilla’. Poster presentation. Cagliari, 21–22 June 2019.

Marco Muresu, ‘Monete frazionate dai contesti funerari della Sardegna bizantina’. Poster presentation. Milan, 16-17 September 2019.

Marco Muresu (with G. Seche), ‘Economia e monete della Sardegna medioevale’, TV programme and interview by Simona Scioni, shown on Sardegna Uno, 18 November 2019.

Alex Metcalfe, book launch event for The Making of Medieval Sardinia (Leiden, 2021) at The John Rylands Research Institute and Library in Manchester, 13 June 2022.


  • Awards and prizes

Marco Muresu, Research Award at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Jan–Feb 2019).

Marco Muresu, 24th ‘Premio Cimitile’ Prize awarded for the best monograph on Christian and Medieval Archaeology published in Italy (2019).

Hervin Fernández-Aceves, British School at Rome Award (2019).

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