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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 house of the dominus comprised four rooms. The central room was paved with opus spicatum of tiles in mortar. To the north, was a small tank below a portico, lined with a double layer of waterproof plaster, it had four steps leading down into it and, in the centre of the bottom a depression. The other three residential rooms were arranged to the west, south, and east of the main space. The stone paving of a large threshing floor was exposed to the east of the house. An isolated residential structure completed the complex to the east, the living space of paid workers, freedmen, or slaves. Built near the springs, the villa rustica was aligned along a road of Messapian date. However, its alignment did not take into account the centuriation lines, which marked the territory from the Gracchan period onwards. The complex, built in the 2nd century B.C., was productive until the 2nd-3rd century A.D., when a farmhouse was constructed a short distance to the west. It reused the ruins of a Messapian house of Hellenistic-Republican date and had a large tank completely lined with waterproof plaster and a kiln/oven with a firing/cooking floor in Leccese stone. At this early stage of the excavation it appears that the farm was active at the end of the 5th-beginning of the 6th century A.D.

  • 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
  • Sophie Lacan
  • Clara Aprile
  • Thierry Van Compernolle - Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III

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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