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Excavation

  • Monte Tezio
  • Monte Tezio
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  • Italy
  • Umbria
  • Provincia di Perugia
  • Perugia

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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)

  • Archaeological interest was stimulated by the unnatural topography of the hilltop. Enclosed within a perimeter constituted by a double concentric embankment, with a ditch in between, it formed an ellipse (axes 180 m and 160 m), at levels which gradually and noticeably sloped downwards. This enclosure which has been known for some time is perceptible from the ground but above all from the air.

    The excavation was preceded by a series of surveys using GPS instruments in order to obtain a 3D model of the ground showing its overall layout and original conformation. A total station was used to set out a preliminary network of geo-referenced points on the main topographical features which allowed the precise positioning and anchoring of all recorded excavation data.

    In this preliminary phase low altitude flights were made in order to make a complete photographic record of the site, documentation which was programmed and undertaken, from a vertical and oblique perspective, in different periods, times and climactic conditions, between May-August 2007.

    The excavation looked at an area in the western sector of the summit of Monte Tezio, covering circa 150 m2. The area followed the line of the artificial perimeter which was more or less flat and then rose towards the interior and the summit, on a sight slope. A first occupation phase was identified, perhaps seasonal, on the summit. The uniformity of the finds, almost exclusively pottery with the occasional bronze, all fragmentary apart from a large pin, suggested a chronological horizon in the final Bronze Age.

  • Maurizio Matteini Chiari - Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Sezione di Scienze Storiche dell'Antichità 

Director

  • Maurizio Matteini Chiari - Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Sezione di Scienze Storiche dell'Antichità

Team

  • Sergio Sisani
  • Otello Grassi
  • Angelo Attavino
  • Laura Matacchioni - Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
  • Maurizio Matteini Chiari - Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Sezione di Scienze Storiche dell'Antichità

Research Body

  • Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Sezione di Scienze Storiche dell'Antichità

Funding Body

  • Fondazione Ecomuseo Colli del Tezio

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