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



  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • The 2013 excavations were extended towards the west and south, in particular in the area known as the cemetery of the infants. The circular or oval features present here and further east, were carefully examined and seen to be U-shaped postholes, with maximum dimensions of 0.90 × 0.80 m and up to 0.70 m deep. The walls were vertical or slightly sloped and the floors flat. All the holes were filled with stones mixed with earth and fragments of large containers; pieces of daub were used as wedges. In some cases, the floors of the postholes were carefully lined with medium-sized stones. Only the lower part of some holes was preserved, the original ground surface having been removed by later agricultural work. Therefore, the so-called cemetery of infant burials can be associated with a hut of various phases.

    An earth grave (10/13) was uncovered below the north-eastern wall of the polygonal enclosure. The well-preserved skeleton of an adult female was in a foetal position and the grave contained a tomb group of 16 artefacts. The assemblage comprised Daunian vases of the sub-Geometric Daunia II type, that is jars with bi-chrome bands and geometric frieze, a series of jugs and juglets with painted bands and geometric motifs, an impasto jug, three ladles, two with the symbol of the sun at the centre and one with a horned protome, one “ad occhiello”, a high-footed banded cup, a fragment of a worked-bone ring, an iron knife and a bronze ring. Two jugs and two ladles were of the same production, and two monochrome banded juglets were made and painted by the same potter.

    Grave 11/13 found further south contained the well-preserved bones of an adult woman in a foetal position, the head lying on a stone and an earlier burial underneath. The tomb group was made up of 18 artefacts: a jar, a jar and two juglets with bi-chrome decoration of painted bands and geometric motifs and a one-handled ladle with protome “ad occhioni”, all of the sub-Geometric Daunia II type and presumably of the same production. There were also two monochrome banded juglets, a banded cup with high foot, a two-handled ladle, a monochrome juglet, an impasto beaker, a banded krateriskos, and a banded one-handled cup, both wheel-made. Personal ornaments, a glass-paste bead, an ivory pendant, a bronze fibula with knotted terminal with traces of textile fibres and fragments of iron fibulae completed the tomb group.


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


  • F. Immler
  • L. Obojes
  • K. Lippe
  • U. Töchterle
  • Manuele Laimer - Università di Innsbruck, Istituto di Archeologia Classica e Provinciale Romana

Research Body

  • Università di Innsbruck, Istituto delle Scienze Archeologiche (Dip. Archeologia Classica)

Funding Body

  • Università di Innsbruck


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