Between archeology and art. Federico II, Murgia and the art of riding

The activity of the Archeoclub of Corato as part of the European Days of Archeology

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Between archeology and art. Federico II, Murgia and the art of riding

As part of the European Days of Archeology, organized in Italy by the Ministry of Culture – Directorate-General for Museums – under the auspices of the National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research in France (Inrap), the local office “Far Emilio D’Angelo” from the Archaeoclub of Italy APS by Coratoin cooperation with Itinera ETS and the National Academy of Equestrian Art “The bright black”presents, Saturday, June 18, 2022 starting at. 19:00, the cultural event “Between archeology and art. Federico II, Murgia and the Art of Equestrianism “, with the protection of Alta Murgia National Park.

In a “naturalistic” but also “environmental” and “climatic” context, a cultural event was planned in the 13th century, in which Murgia’s parks and forests were also visited by Emperor Frederik II of Swabia; a place located at the meeting point between two major grassy streets, Tratturo Canosa-Ruvo and Trattiro Corato-Fontanadogna, or near the current SP19 at the junction with the external road Tratturello Pedale (National Academy of Equestrian Art “Il bright black” – Google map). Frederik II was an emblematic figure from the thirteenth century and visited these areas around 1240 and even earlier when he visited the factory at Trani Castle (dated 1233).

During the reign of this emperor, the cavalry became the focal point of the medieval army that of the century. XII onwards symbolizes nobility and chivalrous strength in war, and when the characteristics and uses of the draft horse change, which, replaced by oxen in plowing, is the protagonist of the economic start of European countries. The first organized horse breeding societies emerge with the Anglo-Norman kings. On the model taken by Frederik II – especially in the flat and humid areas of northeastern Puglia – is born massage directed by Federico, who had already worked on legislative measures aimed at improving breeding methods and tools. In a letter of 1239 he approved the organization of his marestalladetermine how the breeding is to take place and order mares to be fed barley to give the foals more milk (Diplomatic historyV, 1, p. 490).

The choice of site lies in the fact that it is at the center of a number of very important archaeological emergencies that need to be protected and improved:

  1. Prehistoric buildings such as Savignano, L’Antica, Posta Mangieri, Serra Cecibizzo, Masseria La Grottafamous places with remnants of cottage villages from 5,000 BC
  2. Buildings with towers and fortified courtyards, such as Torre Sansanello, Torre di Nebbia, Pedale Piccolo, Pedale Grande, Jazzo Tarantini, sites with archeological sites of medieval and late medieval origin, limited to both structures and internal roads.
  3. Presence of residual forest such as Castel del Monte and Malcangi, which document the oldest deforestation activity in the area from the end of the 12th century.
  4. Presence of other archeological sites that characterized both the deforestation activity and the insertion of Christian cults in the pagan context (S. Magno Church).

In connection with these archaeological emergencies, human action and transformation of the landscape in the imperial presence finds a correct historical-anthropological context and some archaeological documentation.

The cultural offer will be enriched and begins with an excuse of “Archeology and art. R.contribution between man and horse“Which, although it occurs in all areas of historical-archaeological research and despite the fact that it has been fundamental to most populations, is still today not possible to accurately state the time and place where man and horse first once began to live together.The careful exploration, the result of in-depth investigations of some archaeological excavations and of the finds found in them, will also allow us to better understand the use of the horse from prehistory to the Middle Ages, that is, from the domestication of the animal, through the various stages of human history, to the description of how it was used and viewed in the medieval mentality. From use in war, from the era of the barbaric invasions, when the first real units were born on horseback, up to the medieval period calledacme of the cavalry.

The cultural event ends with a tasting guided.

For participation in the event, which will take place in accordance with applicable anti-covid legislation, Reservation recommended at No. 3485930027 or by sending an email to

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