It is the largest and most ambitious project ever undertaken to map a crucial period in Western civilisation. Some eighteen edited volumes will deal with the period of transition from the Late Roman Empire to the Early Middle Ages (4th-8th centuries) in Western and Central Europe.
A thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to each aspect of the momentous changes during this period ensures important and often unexpected findings. Each volume is the result of the fruitful interaction between archaeologists, historians, art historians, linguists, numismatists and other specialists. This huge research project is sponsored by the European Science Foundation and involves some 150 renowned European scholars.