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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)

  • The excavation concentrated on the area around a Messapian road running approximately parallel to the second Messapian curtain wall, whose internal face was situated circa 15 m to the north of the road. In the eastern part of the fondo, the area south of the road was characterised by the presence of very irregular rock outcrops. The compact deposit of tufa and clay forming the road was substituted in this sector by a stone make up, delimited to the north by a low containing wall which filled the spaces between the rock outcrops of a small sierra, orientated in a north-south direction, so as to overcome the obstacle.

    North of the road the following archaeological evidence was identified: a section of the collapse of the Messapian curtain wall with stones and material from the fill; a guard post on the second curtain wall constituted by a beaten floor, circa 2,5 × 2 m, covered by a roof sloping to the south and delimited to the east by a rock outcrop on which the structure rested, and to the west by a squared tufa block inserted perpendicularly into the internal facing of the curtain wall; the collapse of a house partially disturbed by ploughing, with parts of the roof in primary deposition; an oval pit clearly placed in relation to the house, containing an animal burial, seemingly a dog, although the cranium was missing, having been displaced by ploughing, and Messapian material and the remains of a tile roof.

  • Thierry Van Compernolle - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III 


  • Thierry Van Compernolle - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III


  • Arcangelo Alessio - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Puglia
  • Rina Margos - Civici Musei Charleroi
  • Clara Aprile
  • Thierry Van Compernolle - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
  • Valentino Latino
  • Studente - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
  • Studente - Scuola di Specializzazione Università degli Studi di Bari
  • Studente - Université de Strasbourg

Research Body

  • Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires en Sciences humaines et sociales (CRISES, EA 4424) dell'Université Paul Valéry ‹ Montpellier III

Funding Body

  • Comune di Soleto
  • Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III


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