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Excavation

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

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Credits

  • 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 enlarged the investigation along the western sector of the summit, following the line of the artificial perimeter rising towards the summit, on a sight slope. Here, the terrain showed clear signs of deposits (earth, detritus, materials) caused by hill-wash and wind from the summit area. The in-depth excavation documented its shape and composition. Following this the line of the enclosure’s perimeter appeared better-defined, although certainly incomplete and substantially lower and flatter as the original standing parts had not survived. The latter, dry-stone built, had in part gradually fallen down into the ditch in front, which appeared to present a section that had been deliberately filled.

    The excavation also looked at a wide area of the internal surface of the enclosure, towards the summit on an east-west alignment. This produced an image of the summit, immediately below present ground level, that was substantially bare and marked only by natural rock outcrops, distinctly fractured into thin layers.

    None of the many finds recovered to date document occupation phases any later in date than the Bronze Age. However, despite this it cannot be suggested that the site was definitively abandoned. There is also no evidence to suggest changes in the site’s function through time from strategic hub for territorial control and defended settlement to cult site, according to patterns of settlement continuity and discontinuity of function often seen in analogous hilltop situations.

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

Director

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

Team

  • Sergio Sisani
  • Luana Cenciaioli - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria
  • Angelo Attavino
  • Otello Grassi
  • 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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