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Excavation

  • Nervia, Area mura settentrionali
  • Ventimiglia
  • _Albintimilium_
  • Italy
  • Liguria
  • Provincia di Imperia
  • Ventimiglia

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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)

  • During the 2017 campaign the excavation area was extended to the north-east to cover an overall area of c. 120 m2 (area 6000A) in order to completely expose the Finale stone sarcophagi 9 and 10, partially uncovered in 2016, and to identify any other burials and/or structures belonging to the late antique cemetery.
    The removal of a thick layer of modern humus (c. 1 m) revealed a series of levels relating to the abandonment of the area, datable to between the late 6th and the 7th century. The removal of these layers exposed a vast new sector of the cemetery, which was delimited by two more or less parallel walls (US 4137 and US 3104), on a north-south alignment, c. 10-12 m long and 50-80 m wide, whose northern perimeter has yet to be identified. At present, the new cemetery area presents 12 tombs of various types, in amphora, “a cappucina”, and with tile covering, not investigated this year.
    In the sector situated between wall US 4137 and that occupied by the sarchophagi, what seems to be a family funerary monument was partially uncovered. It is constituted by three masonry-built tombs placed next to each other, with a fine opus signinum facing and aligned north-south.

    Work also continued in area 6000 on the opening of the tombs 6 and 8, identified in 2016, and the excavation of the human remains inside them. Sarcophagus 8, whose lid was carefully sealed to the sarcophagus by a layer of smooth mortar, contained the remains of an adult male in a mediocre state of preservation. Sarcophagus 6, the only one of the ten found made of a different type of stone probably from Provence, contained the remains of at least 7 individuals, both adults and infants. They were “repositioned” in a systematic and accurate way on top of an individual whose cranium rested on a stone cushion formed by lowering the bottom of the sarcophagus and belonging to a female individual in a good state of preservation. There were no grave goods in either of the sarcophagi.

  • Daniela Gandolfi - Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri 

Director

  • Daniela Gandolfi - Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri

Team

  • Valeria Amoretti
  • Daniele Arobba- Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri
  • • Viviana Pettirossi - Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri
  • Lorenzo Ansaldo - Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri
  • Claudio Mastrantuono - Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri

Research Body

  • Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri

Funding Body

  • Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri

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