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Excavation

  • San Pietro di Cantoni
  • Contrada Cantoni di Sepino
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  • Italy
  • Molise
  • Provincia di Campobasso
  • Sepino

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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 2012 campaign set out to investigate the routes within the sanctuary area. The excavations uncovered an even longer stretch of the orthogonal approach pathway, built of opus signinum bordered with stones, laid out along the east side of the rectangular structure in front of the podium, the earliest cult building in the sanctuary. At a certain distance from the podium, work began on the removal of a high linear dry-stone wall built across the approach route. This wall was a modern property boundary.

    In the northern sector the gradual removal of the dry-stone perimeter wall continued. This structure overlay and widened the original line of the sanctuary enclosure, along the side facing onto the Tammaro valley. Work also continued on exposing and documenting the structural components and the polygonal facing of the enclosure wall. Excavations on the porticus, situated inside the enclosure and running parallel to it, revealed a new sector and several bases, mostly covered by a substantial collapse.

    Excavations continued around the monumental structures with the aim of reaching the original ground levels. To the west, the cobbled road, at a right angle to the large paved surface on a north-south alignment within the sanctuary area and leading to the steps providing access to the podium, was seen to continue. This discovery suggests the existence of another entrance of the same phase in the western stretch of the enclosure wall, although at present there is only scarce evidence for the latter.

    Nearby, close to the late structures abutting the long northern side of the podium, the excavation of the tomb identified at the end of the 2011 campaign was completed. Created within the layers of abandonment and collapse of the religious complex, the tomb contained three adult individuals.

  • Maurizio Matteini Chiari - Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Sezione di Scienze Storiche dell'Antichità 
  • Valeria Scocca - Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia 

Director

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

Team

  • Valeria Ceglia - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Molise
  • Marco Corona
  • Maria Ilenia Pizzuto
  • Mauro Vassena
  • Michela D’Alessandro
  • Valeria Scocca - Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia
  • Valeria Scocca - Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia

Research Body

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

Funding Body

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

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