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Into the Woods: call for submissions

In recent years the number of actions and projects involving “ancient forests” or “ancient woodland” has greatly increased. (French National Forestry O ce exceptional forests scheme, WWF program for ancient forests, International Day of Forests, etc.). In ecological, economic and social terms, these forest spaces play numerous, diverse roles.

The definition of “ancient forests” varies not only from country to country but also according to disciplinary  field. Working on “ancient forests” can involve separating “old-growth forests” from “ancient woodland”, forests that have disappeared and, in the case of “current forests”, those that are not actually very old! “Ancient woodland” or “old growth forests” are often considered as “current forests” of a certain age, but the appreciation of this antiquity depends on time based thresholds that in turn depend on, amongst other things, the sources available to help reconstruct their history.

The aim of this conference is to allow specialists and researchers from various cultures and different professional  felds to meet and exchange views about the study of ancient forests. Foresters, planners, developers, ecologists, biologists, agriculturalists, geographers, historians, philosophers, ethnologists, cartographers, archaeologists, archaeobotanists, sociologists etc., from all backgrounds, are invited to join this debate about our various and varying concept of “ancient forests”.

Download First circular into the woods (4.51 MB)

Abstract and submission:

Abstract for oral or poster communication should be submitted before the 30 november 2016 at
The text of the abstract must be under 2500 characters.

The authors will be informed by email before 15 january 2017 if their submission has been accepted by the scientific committee.

UNIPD obtained funding from Capiro Foundation for educational activities

In the field of educational activities within MEMOLA project, UNIPD recently obtained funding within the Attivamente program from Cariparo Foundation. The project proposed is "Landscapes of water and archeology of knowledge and digital communication" and regards the creation of innovative educational activities for kids from 5 different primary schools from Padua

UNIPD visited the Radio Cooperativa of Padova

The University of Padova visited the Radio Cooperativa of Padua. Alexandra Chavarria and other MEMOLA project researchers discussed the impact of the study of cultural landscapes between the the Community of the Euganean Hills, in particular among students of the IIS Euganeo from Este, which UNIPD carries out various educational activities.

M. Quarena won the award of the "Assoc. of Regional Directors of Veneto"

Maickol Quarena (‪UNIPD‬) won the award of the Association of Regional Directors of ‪Veneto‬ for his master's thesis on ‪historical‬ ‪‎landscapes‬ of Baone , Calaone and Valle San Giorgio, followed by prof . Brogiolo within ‪MEMOLA‬ Project. Congratulations Maickol!!

UNIPD partecipated in the seminar "Armonie Composte"

Last Saturday Brogiolo, Chavarria & Benetti (‪UNIPD‬) partecipated in the "Armonie Composte. Seminars around the ‪monastic‬ ‪landscapes‬: know and ‪communicate‬ the transformation on the ‪Praglia‬ Abbey landscapes" presenting the ‪MEMOLA project‬

Laboratory of Archaeology of Architecture

Laboratory of Archaeology of Architecture as a tool for the study of watermills

It has been conducted with students of the IIS Euganeo (Este, Padua) the third laboratory about the archaeological methodologies that allow us to study the different elements related to water management in cultural landscapes of the Euganean Hills. The students have learned to make a stratigraphic sequence of a building using this time the Pontemanco water mill in the town of Due Carrare.

UNIPD presents the educational activities at IIS Euganeo (Este)

The University of Padova presents to the parents of IIS Euganeo and the inhabitants of Este educational activities being undertaken in the MEMOLA project frame

Conference "The University of Padua for the landscape. Disciplines in comparison"

The University of Padova researchers of MEMOLA project participate next february 25 in the conference "The University of Padua for the landscape. Disciplines in comparison".

The conferences are:

Landscapes Archaeology, by Gian Pietro Brogiolo and Alexandra Chavarria

Refunds of ancient landscapesi, by Armando De Guio

Soil samples were started in the area of the Colli Euganei (Italy)

Soil samples were started in the area of the Colli Euganei. Dr. Cristiano Nicosia and students from the University of Padua made coring of land in the orchards and vineyards of the Monastery of Praglia. The goal is to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental sequence and land use of the landscape created with the founding of the monastery in the eleventh century

Research on cultural landscapes of the Euganean Hills. Laboratory of Remote Sensing

The October 26, the UNIPD partner has conducted a laboratory of landscape archaeology through the techniques of Remote Sensing (aerial photo, LiDAR) with the students of the IIS Euganeo at Este. In the lab the students have known the usefulness of the images from remote sensing techniques for the study of cultural landscapes.

After a brief introduction on the objectives of the MEMOLA project  at the Euganean Hills, we have explained how to analyze LiDAR images. The students, in groups of 4, have compared historical and current aerial photos with LiDAR, noting and marking on this images all the anomalies regarding the transformation of the landscape in the area (ancient watercourses, old viability, possible castles). Once analyzed they have presented to the rest of the class their findings.

You have done perfect guys!!!