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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 defining several urban structures associated with the road network in the northern sector (Area Omega), on defining the chronology, function and morphology of Area Alpha, and of the rooms in the large block in the southern area (Area Gamma).

    The excavations in Area Alpha revealed that the first occupation phase dated to the early imperial period, as attested by the finds. Initially used as a sort of “courtyard”, created by levelling the natural rock surface, the zone was probably used for craft working activities.
    Excavations also continued in Area Gamma, in front of the basalt road E-F (Area Beta), inside the three rooms identified last year. One of the rooms (A), contained a group of figured terracottas with the same iconography, datable based on the stratigraphic context to between the 1st century B.C. and the 1st century A.D.

    The data previously collected in Area Omega, although partial, suggested the presence of a public space decorated with structures linked with water provision, within a complex of which an exedra must have constituted only part of an important system within the urban layout of Nora in the imperial period. The continuation of the excavations revealed the presence of dry-stone walls, attributable to a post-abandonment phase of the sector (post 5th-6th century A.D.), on soil levels that had obliterated the flooring in the area. When the road surface of andesite basoli was reached, the continuation of the drainage channel identified last year was also found, which from the southern sector of the trench reached a semicircular structure. The drainage channel terminated in an open space, probably circular (probable diameter 5.50-6 m), characterised by the presence of elements in mortar and negative evidence of metal structures pertaining to the channelling of water. The negative structures led towards the exedra of the large circular pool, now filled with compact soil and collapsed material. The inner profile of the pool was formed by courses of large rectangular blocks 40 ×40 cm (size of the visible faces).

    A new area (Psi) was opened in the north-western part of the excavation, where underneath a substantial dump of soil containing few materials, a structure was identified, which was probably built on top of an earlier Punic chamber tomb that had been opened.

  • 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

  • Claudia Pinelli
  • Gianna De Luca
  • Laura Pinelli
  • Roberta Lobina
  • 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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