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  • Fondo Paparusso
  • Soleto
  • Soletum
  • Italy
  • Apulia
  • Provincia di Lecce
  • Soleto



  • 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)

  • On the basis of the data produced by the trial trench opened in 2002 an open area excavation was undertaken. This identified a tomb filled with earth and covered with a stone slab, still in situ although damaged by a plough. The burial floor was a layer rich in gravel and crushed tufa upon which lay, in primary deposition, the skeleton of a child with the cranium to the east. The deceased lay in a fetal position on his/her left side, with the grave goods placed to the south of the feet. The tomb group comprised two vases (a jar and a small plate) and perhaps a wooden object (staff?), a sample of which was taken. This burial was largely covered, and surrounded by, the secondary deposition of an old woman. There were no associated grave goods, the cranium was placed at the child’s feet, the long bones to the sides and the other bones above. South of the tomb a low dry-stone wall marked the edge of a beaten road surface. Along the north side of the burial squared blocks of carparo forming the foundations of a Messapian house came to light. Thus, the burial was right beside the house, as also seen at Soleto in viale Italia (proprietà Palmisano) and in Fondo Fontanella.

  • Thierry Van Compernolle - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III 


  • Thierry Van Compernolle - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III


  • Elisa Vetrugno - Università degli Studi di Lecce
  • Daniela Tansella - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Puglia
  • Carlo De Mitri - Università degli Studi di Lecce
  • Thierry Van Compernolle - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
  • Studente - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
  • Studenti - Università degli Studi di Lecce

Research Body

  • Universitè Paul Valery - Centre d’Etude et de Recherche su les Civilisations Antiques de la Mediterranèe - Montpellier III France

Funding Body

  • Comune di Soleto
  • Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III


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