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Excavation

  • Nora, Ex Area Militare
  • Pula
  • Nora
  • Italy
  • Sardinia
  • Provincia di Cagliari
  • Pula

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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 this season, the team from Cagliari University concentrated on a number of urban structures associated with the road network in the northern sector (Area Omega), and the function and morphology of the rooms in the large block in the southern sector (Area Gamma). This campaign had three main aims: firstly, to provide information about the relationship between Area Alpha, situated at the highest point of the excavation area, and Area Beta, corresponding with road E-F; secondly, to gain more knowledge about the area by opening new trenches in the northern sector of the area (Areas Omicron and Omega); lastly, to investigate the “bathtub-shaped” cistern situated north of Areas Delta and Gamma.
    The excavations confirmed the presence of a construction nucleus (Area Gamma), in front of the basalt road investigated in previous years. The structures were mainly built in the technique using vertical pillars of stone filled with smaller blocks in between, and formed at least three rectangular rooms, whose function remains to be defined.
    During the 2013 survey, a “bathtub-shaped” cistern was identified in the sector north of Areas Gamma and Delta, characterised by several layers of waterproof mortar. Further investigation in this zone revealed a second cistern of the same type, at right angles to the first and connected to it. It was faced with the same type of mortar and positioned at a lower level, thus functioning as an overflow for the higher cistern. In order to further define the urban structures and conformation of the excavation area, it was decided to continue analysis of the area close to the fencing that borders the road leading to the archaeological park, in the zone north of the previously investigated areas (Area Omega).

    A semicircular structure was identified, built with rough stones bonded with cement mortar and faced with a brick curtain of less than 0.20 m on each side, in turn covered by a layer of moderately-well preserved plaster. The internal floor of the structure was formed by flat slabs, almost all fragmented. There was a small aperture bordered by bricks, sloping slightly towards the exterior, suggesting it was a drainage channel. On the south-east side, there was a quadrangular stone basin abutting the base of the structure, made of the same purple andesite as the internal slabs and the basoli in the roads at Nora. It rests on a forepart constituted by three blocks of calcarenitic stone, standing directly on the floor of andesite basoli, probably relating to the continuation of the road E-F, already seen in the archaeological park and Areas Beta and Omicron.

  • Romina Carboni 
  • Emiliano Cruccas 

Director

  • Marco Giuman - Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Dipartimento di Scienze Archeologiche e Storico Artistiche (ora Dipartimento di Storia, Beni Culturali e Territorio)

Team

  • Emiliano Cruccas
  • Romina Carboni
  • Miriam Napolitano
  • Luca Lanteri

Research Body

  • Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Funding Body

  • Università degli Studi di Cagliari

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