• Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

On May 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

The AIS invites its members to a slide presentation:

San Vincenzo al Volturno


Lecturer: Richard Hodges, Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Thursday, May 6, 2010  5:30—6:00 p.m.  Reception    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Program

Racquet Club                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            215 South 16th Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Philadelphia. PA 19102

On YOU TUBE a lecture by prof. Hodges about San Vincenzo al Volturno in Italian. You tube part 1 & part 2


Reservations are required.

If attending, please call 215 735 3250 or email to

Admission is free. Space is limited. Preference will be given to AIS members.

San Vincenzo al Volturno is an historic Benedictine monastery located in the territories of the Comune of Castel San Vincenzo, in the Province of Isernia, near the source of the river Volturno in Italy. The current monastery, housing a group of American nuns, is located to the east of the river, while the archaeological monastery of the early Middle Ages was located on the west.

The medieval history of the monastery appears in the Chronicon Vulturnense, an illuminated manuscript. A monk of the monastery, Iohannes, composed the Chronicle in circa 1130, using sources from the eighth, ninth and tenth centuries which were available him, probably in the monastery archives, as well as hagiographic inclusions about some of the historic figures. The aims of the Chronicle may have been to codify the memory of the community and its history in the face of Norman expansion in southern Italy. The manuscript, written in a Beneventan hand and including numerous images, is presently housed at the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, BAV Barb. lat. 2724.

The monastery has been the subject of long-running archaeological investigation, which took place in a number of campaigns. The San Vincenzo Project began in 1980, led by Richard Hodges, then of the University of Sheffield, and the Soprintendenza archaeologica del Molise. Excavation continued between 1980-1986, in the area around the so-called Crypt of Epiphanius and the monastery on the west side of the river Volturno. These scientific excavations continued through the 1980s and 1990s under the direction of Hodges and with the support of the British School at Rome, the abbey of Monte Cassino, and the Soprintendenza archaeologica del Molise.

Richard Hodges is the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. A Classical and early Medieval archaeologist specializing in Western Europe, Dr. Hodges has been Director of both the British School in Rome and the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London. Since 1998, he has worked extensively on archaeological and cultural heritage projects in Albania, including the creation of a large cultural heritage institute in Tirana and a new archaeological museum in Butrint. Named an Officer of the British Empire in 1995, Prof. Hodges is the author of 10 books (Dark Age Economics, Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe and Light in the Dark Ages: The Rise and Fall of San Vincenzo Al Volturno) on such subjects as archaeology and the beginnings of English society, primitive and peasant markets, and towns and trade in the age of Charlemagne.

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