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The catastrophic Medieval floods in the northern Maremma

Discovering the 10th century AD paleostratigraphy of the river Pecora

Charcoal sampling (Photo courtesy by Pierluigi Pieruccini).
The first research activities of the nEU-Med staff are mainly focused to the study of the paleostratigraphy of the river Pecora, not far from the site of Vetricella, a fortified manor dated to the late 9th and 10th centuries AD.

Interestingly, preliminary 14C data shows that the age of the paleostratigraphy is ca 1000 AD; charcoal analysis shows the presence of tree species (Alnus, Salix, Ulmus) referable to a riverine forest vegetation.