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  • Fabrateria Nova
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  • Fabrateria Nova

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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)

    • This season’s archaeological research continued that begun in 2006 by the University of the Salento’s Laboratory of Ancient Topography and Photogrammetry-LAB TAF, as part of the convention stipulated between the Regional Offices for the Cultural and Landscape Heritage of Lazio, the Archaeological Superintendency of Lazio, The German Archaeological Institute Rome, University of Cassino, University of the Salento and the town of San Giovanni Incarico (FR).
      A 10 × 10m trench was excavated, exposing the south side of the building built of stone blocks, already partially identified in 2009, and a stretch of basalt road surface. The excavation was only deepened in the southern part of the trench, removing layers of collapse and exposing the road, which was c. 50 cm lower than the floor of the building.

      Inside the building, and outside to the west and east, cleaning of the layers exposed below the humus, revealed a patch of opus signinum floor (US 163) inside the building, along the east wall (USM 148). A row of small limestone blocks was uncovered along the northern edge of the trench suggesting the building was divided into at least two rooms.
      This building, on an alignment that was coherent with the urban layout of the ancient city, that is 13° west, was built on an area with a slight but constant slope to the south; therefore, the wall of stone blocks is best preserved on the south side (USM 147), where the first course is visible for its entire length.

      The south front is 6.02 m long (6.70 m if the “buttress” at the south-west corner is included), while the west and east sides are visible for c. 5.80 m and continue beyond the excavation edge. The south side has an entrance, slightly off-centre, characterised by a limestone threshold, probably reused. The excavation was deepened between the south side of the building and the basalt road, removing several layers of collapse (US 153, 155, 157), which reached as far as the kerb of the road.
      A preliminary analysis of the pottery dates the materials from the collapse to between the 1st century B.C. and the imperial period. Coins dating to the 5th- 6th centuries were found in the abandonment layers of the road, attesting use of the area in this period.

    • Adriana Valchera - Università degli Studi del Salento - Lecce 

    Director

    • Adriana Valchera - Università degli Studi del Salento - Lecce

    Team

    • Barbara Pezzulla - Università del Salento
    • Fabio Fabrizio - Università del Salento
    • Antonio Leopardi - Università del Salento

    Research Body

    • Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, Laboratorio di Topografia Antica e Fotogrammetria (LabTAF)

    Funding Body

    • Comune di San Giovanni Incarico
    • Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali

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