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Excavation

  • Ipogeo di Clepsina
  • Cerveteri
  • Caere
  • Italy
  • Latium
  • Rome
  • Cerveteri

Summary (English)

  • After the first campaign of 2012 the team of Queen’s University resumed their research project in the former Marini-Vitalini vineyard of Cerveteri.

    The area of trench 2, where in 2012 a street and foundations of buildings had come to light, was re-opened and enlarged. The stratigraphy of the phases preceding the Early Imperial usage of the area was investigated. It was found that the street, which in its later phase was paved, had earlier phases of beaten ground, laid down on the smoothened bedrock of tufa.

    North of the street, beneath thick layers of debris, probably dating to the excavations of the 19th century, have come to light some foundations made of square blocks of tufa, among which a small collecting basin set in the corner of two walls. From the basin water was drained towards the street in a terracotta pipe.

    South of the street was uncovered a complex sequence of phases and sub-phases. Building activity appears to have been especially intense in the Mid-Late Republican period, but there are also traces of earlier structures, in part buried beneath later floors and in part re-used as foundations. A network of terracotta pipes kept the area well drained and was connected to an underground rock-cut cistern with two points of access: a round well is cut in one corner of the structure, while a larger square opening, still sealed by two large re-used stone blocks, provides access to the main chamber of the reservoir.

  • Fabio Colivicchi - Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada 

Director

  • Fabio Colivicchi - Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Team

  • Antonella Lepone - Sapienza, Università di Roma
  • Mariafrancesca Lanza
  • Michele Scalici - Università di Bologna
  • Luca Tarantini - Duoarchitects Studio Associato
  • Marco Di Lieto - Di Lieto & C s.r.l.
  • Krysia Spirydowicz - Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Fabio Colivicchi - Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Antonella Lepone - Sapienza, Università di Roma
  • Michele Scalici - Università di Bologna

Research Body

  • Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Funding Body

  • Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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