The present issue was conceived (as was the first) as a reflection on archaeology today and the prospects and future of archaeology based on the principles of the Agenda 2030 for a sustainable Europe, ranging from future jobs, education, the sea, technology, climate change and health. The COVID-19 crisis occurred unexpectedly during the editorial process, but we decided that the new situation required a quick “colpo di timone” (change of direction) and further reflection on the present and future situation, although many current problems were already developing before the current crisis. The second part of the journal, by contrast, offers papers on one of the “classic” subjects of Mediterranean archaeology (the transformation of late Roman countryside) although none of them deals directly with “the end of the villas”. For some time it has been understood that although the architectural transformation of farms and residences after the 5th century was a widespread phenomenon, it possibly does not fully reflect what was happening at this time in terms of local properties and production, and a wider perspective is needed, exploring the continuity of production and its significance, numismatics, and the broader information that multidisciplinary research can bring to the subject.

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