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Excavation

  • Giarnera Piccola
  • Ascoli Satriano
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  • Italy
  • Apulia
  • Provincia di Foggia
  • Ascoli Satriano

Summary (English)

  • The 2009 excavations concentrated on the same areas as in previous years, extending the excavation to the south to cover a surface area of 800 m2.

    Tomb 1/08 was a large earth grave which had been robbed. It contained two well-preserved skeletons and various objects of personal ornament, including six hemispherical bronze buttons with moveable loops, another perforated bronze loop and an oval amber pendant. Both individuals had bronze belts. The pottery fragments in the grave dated it to the second half of the 4th century B.C.

    South of the paved surface (US 391) the remains of a structure (house X) came to light. It was on a north-east/south-west alignment in axis with the paving 391 leading to tomb 5/07. The building was on a lower level than the paving. Tile collapses showed that it had two rooms on two different levels. Unbaked bricks were found in situ and below the collapsed tiles. The tile collapses were connected by a row of flat tegulae with an upside-down Medusa antefix.

    Another structure came to light in the south-eastern part of the excavation area, so-called house XI. It was on a north-west/south-east alignment and divided into two rooms on different levels by a foundation wall. In the southern part of the higher room the remains of a cobbled surface were visible.

    Between structures X and XI an almost square cobble paving was uncovered. Reused in the wall next to this paving there was a fragment of cyma with ovolo and bead decoration. Two fragments of a drainage tube were recovered from among the tiles overlying the cobbles.

    In the eastern area of the excavation a series of post holes and sections of wall were identified, suggesting the existence of another building.
    Among these structural remains were two earth graves in a superficial position. They dated to the 7th century B.C. and were perhaps part of a cemetery belonging to the earliest phase.

    The earth grave 1/09 was surrounded by stones on three sides. The skeletal remains were those of a female about 50 years old. The grave goods comprised various fragments of iron and bronze, a jar with a curtain motif on the shoulder and a jug without a handle with geometric decoration of the Daunian I sub-geometric phase. The finds dated the burial to the second half of the 7th century B.C.

    Grave 2/09 was completely filled with and covered by stones. The burial contained the scarce skeletal remains of two children. The grave goods comprised iron and bronze fragments, a boat-shaped fibula with lateral knots and a long pin, a double-handled plain coarse ware cup and a proto-Daunian platter. The finds dated the burial to the beginning of the 7th century B.C.

  • Astrid Larcher - Università di Innsbruck, Istituto di Archeologia Classica e Provinciale Romana 

Director

  • Astrid Larcher - Università di Innsbruck, Istituto di Archeologia Classica e Provinciale Romana

Team

  • K. Mager - Università di Innsbruck
  • L. Obojes
  • M. Auer
  • T. Senfter
  • S. Reyer-Völlenklee - Università di Innsbruck
  • Manuele Laimer - Università di Innsbruck, Istituto di Archeologia Classica e Provinciale Romana

Research Body

  • Università di Innsbruck

Funding Body

  • Università di Innsbruck

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