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  • Siponto
  • Manfredonia
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  • Italy
  • Apulia
  • Provincia di Foggia
  • Manfredonia

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Summary (English)

  • An aerial-photogrammetric survey was undertaken of the Siponto Archaeological Park (Manfredonia-FG) prior to the topographical survey carried out in September 2007 by a team of 12 (from the universities of Bari and the Salento and the Dipartimento di Beni Culturali LabTaf ).

    The recording of the ancient wall circuit, surface collection both inside and outside of the walls to a range of 200 m, and recording of the earlier visible archaeological structures added to knowledge of the site and its territory.

    A new topographical plan was made of the ancient city, showing the circuit walls according to the survey results. The investigation confirmed the presence of a defensive system constituted by two different walls, built using different techniques and materials in two distinct phases.

    The inner circuit, the earliest, was built in opus quadratum of large limestone blocks, with quadrangular towers. Along this first circuit three towers of this type were identified, two in the south-western stretch and one in the southern stretch. What was probably a small opening, perhaps a postern gate, was identified in the vicinity of the western corner of the walls. The later external circuit stood at about 10 m from the earlier one and was built of re-used calcarenite blocks from the latter and stones of various shape and size, bonded with strong mortar with frequent stone and terracotta inclusions. The sudden rise in height, which can also be seen on the aerial photographs surrounding the ancient city, corresponds to this second circuit wall.

    The investigation of the surrounding territory identified a significant scatter of materials (pottery, glass, metal, marble) in the south-western part of the town, suggesting the presence of a suburban villa.

  • Austacio Busto - Università degli Studi di Bari A. Moro, Cattedra di Archeologia Medievale 

Director

  • Caterina Laganara Fabiano - Università degli Studi di Bari, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali e Scienze del Linguaggio

Team

  • Adriana Valchera - Università degli Studi del Salento - Lecce
  • Austacio Busto - Università degli Studi di Bari A. Moro, Cattedra di Archeologia Medievale
  • Mariangela Sammarco - Università del Salento, Laboratorio di Topografia Antica e Fotogrammetria
  • Patrizia Gentile - Università del Salento, Laboratorio di Topografia Antica e Fotogrammetria
  • Raffella Palombella - Università degli Studi di Bari A. Moro, Cattedra di Archeologia Medievale
  • Giuseppe Ceraudo - Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, Laboratorio di Topografia Antica e Fotogrammetria (LabTAF)

Research Body

  • Università degli Studi del Salento - Lecce
  • Università degli Studi di Bari

Funding Body

  • Università degli Studi di Bari

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