In its first phase, FES-I works within the framework of a three-year project awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The project started in december 2004 and is due to end in december 2007, by which time other projects are expected to take over the effort.
FES-I focuses primarily on the notions of scale and scale change. We seek to explore:
Early medieval Europe, from the intense fragmentation of the post-Roman period to the slow emergence of larger scale polities thereafter, is a suitable observatory for such a research.
The FES group brings together historians and archaeologists from Spain, Britain and Italy. We’re also interested in scientific exchange with related developments in the fields of anthropology, sociology and geography, among others.