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Excavation

  • Proprietà Trombetta
  • Acerrae
  • Acerrae
  • Italy
  • Campania
  • Naples
  • Cimitile

Summary (English)

  • The investigation led to the identification of a rustic settlement, whose continuity of use is attested from the end of the 4th century B.C. until the late imperial period.

    A large square pit (filled with black glaze pottery and numerous dolia fragments) and a circular cut obliterated by a thick layer of ash and charcoal remains dated to the earliest occupation phase.

    Subsequently (end of the 3rd-1st century B.C.) the upper part of the original stratigraphy was removed, following which the deposit from the so-called “di Agnano-Monte Spina” Flegrean eruption resulted as partly razed and the ancient ground level, deposited during the Bronze Age, was very jumbled. After this operation, perhaps connected with a new agricultural layout, the site was again permanently occupied. An extensive beaten earth surface cut by a series of holes for housing dolia for the storage of dry foodstuffs dated to this phase. These holes were sometimes associated with others of smaller dimensions, perhaps for housing posts belonging to a wooden covering structure for the protection of the dolia contents.

    Above this beaten surface, after a short, perhaps seasonal, period of abandonment, a second surface was formed incorporating numerous fragments of Italian sigillata pottery. This second surface was cut by the housing for a large dolium, in situ, and a fragment of its cover.

    Not long afterwards a sort of silo was constructed, used for the same storage purposes as the dolia. This was obliterated by a dump of five large squared blocks of yellow tufa.
    Occupation of the site in the late antique period was attested by a bronze coin and several pottery fragments. The foundations of a wall on a north-east/south-west alignment, which came to light in the south-western part of the excavation, also dated to this period.

  • Stefano De Caro - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle province di Napoli e Caserta 
  • Daniela Giampaola - Soprintendenza dei Beni Archeologici delle province di Napoli e Caserta 

Director

  • Daniela Giampaola - Soprintendenza dei Beni Archeologici delle province di Napoli e Caserta

Team

  • Daniela Giampaola - Soprintendenza dei Beni Archeologici delle province di Napoli e Caserta

Research Body

  • Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta

Funding Body

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