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Excavation

  • Villa San Silvestro
  • Villa San Silvestro
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  • Italy
  • Umbria
  • Provincia di Perugia
  • Cascia

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  • 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 2008 excavation campaign examined both the portico surrounding the main temple and that of the temple with double cella, investigating both extension and the chronological phases through the digging of deep trenches in areas already looked at by previous research.

    The main temple area revealed a phase of scattered structures that were probably coeval with the 3rd century B.C. podium and were later monumentalised in the 2nd century B.C. with the creation of what are now identified as public buildings (including the apse wrongly identified in the previous bulletin as a sacellum ) next to the part of the portico opposite the temple. Subsequently the area was completely rebuilt following the earthquake of 99 B.C. mentioned by Julius Obsequens. Further minor restructuring occurred during the 1st century A.D. and the area was then abandoned and systematically robbed. The state of preservation of the portico structures is influenced by the depth to which they were buried. In fact, the standing structures in the north-western and eastern sectors were over one metre high, those in the south-western sector were only preserved at foundation level.

    The area of the temple with double cella appeared to be constituted by a quadrangular portico with a second row of rooms whose presence is at least certain for the long sides of the portico. Three building phases were also identified here. The first phase, also of 3rd century B.C. date, at present seems only to relate to dwellings obliterated in later centuries. One of the rooms to the east of the portico was identified, thanks to the material found there, as a sacellum dedicated to Victory, whilst the temple with the double cella must have been dedicated to a couple of female divinities.

    In this area the late antique phase of the site appeared the best preserved, with occupation in the 4th century A.D. and a new settlement datable to the 7th-8th century A.D.

  • Francesca Diosono 

Director

  • Filippo Coarelli - Sezione di Studi Comparati sulle Società Antiche, Dipartimento Uomo & Territorio, Università degli Studi di Perugia

Team

  • A. Renzetti
  • E. Rizzo
  • F.R. Plebani
  • M. De Minicis
  • N. Ciaramelletti
  • N. Tiburzi
  • P. De Nardi
  • S. Consigli
  • T. Cinaglia
  • W. Filser
  • Filippo Coarelli - Sezione di Studi Comparati sulle Società Antiche, Dipartimento Uomo & Territorio, Università degli Studi di Perugia
  • Francesca Diosono

Research Body

  • Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento Uomo e Territorio, Sez. Studi comparati sulle Società Antiche

Funding Body

  • Associazione culturale Tellus
  • Comune di Cascia
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia

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