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  • Monte Pallano
  • Val di Sangro
  • Italy
  • Abruzzo
  • Provincia di Chieti
  • Bomba



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Summary (English)

  • This year saw the completion of work on the terrace with the obtainment of a complete section right across the site, from natural to topsoil. The trench (MP 8700) linking up the existing trenches to provide the section was finished. We now understand the evolution of the terrace much better: the substantial controterra within the terrace now seems to have been originally a first terrace wall (picked up again further to the East) only later, with the expansion of the terraced area to the south being made to serve the double purpose of structural stability and drainage for the new terrace. The taphonomy of the terrace was better understood, with various tipping events of terracottas being revealed. It is now certain that no building stood on the terrace, which is only the lowest in a series running up the hillside. It has also revealed the presence of sacrifical refuse being dumped, with other cultural debris, outside the temenos wall: it is possible, that unusually for a medium sized sanctuary, cattle in the prime of life may have been sacrificed here.

    Two trenches were dug in Acquachiara where a Roman structure engaged in commercial redistribution had been found previously. The trenches were aimed to investigate micro-terraces which were thought to indicate the extension of the building sampled in 2002. One structure was found: a circular cut in the rock, with a shallow concave floor sealed in a good quality cocciopesto, and the vertical sides of the cut lined with carefully cut tiles of an unusual hardness and consistency. This seems to have been a storage device, although for what is unclear; the ceramics almost certainly include im¬perial coarsewares, and the structure can be brought into relation with the imperial agricultural building just down slope. More work is needed here.

  • Susan Kane - Oberlin College 
  • Edward Bispham - Oxford University 


  • Edward Bispham - Oxford University
  • Susan Kane - Oberlin College


  • Alyvia Plummer - USDA Forest Service
  • Amy Richardson - Cardiff University
  • Annette Hancocks - Birmingham, UK
  • Archer Martin - American Academy in Rome
  • Arthur Kreitzer - USDA Forest Service
  • Beatrice Fidelibus - Universtà degli Studi di Firenze
  • Becky Clark - Oxford University
  • Ben Russell - Oxford University
  • Brad Sedekat - Michigan State University
  • Carl Plummer - USDA Forest Service
  • Carol Holland - USDA Forest Service
  • Carter Love - Oberlin College
  • Charles Surber - USDA Forest Service
  • Chris Heaney - Oxford University
  • Craig Walsh - Oxford University
  • Don Sittler - USDA Forest Service
  • Donna Talbott - USDA Forest Service
  • Elan Love - Oberlin College, Ohio
  • Elissa Papendick - Oberlin College
  • Emilie Vlemincx - Oxford University
  • Eric C. De Sena - John Cabot University and Saint Mary’s College
  • Glenn Lacki - Oberlin College
  • Hannah Proctor - Oxford University
  • Helena Hawkesford - Oxford University
  • Jackye Plummer - USDA Forest Service
  • James Keyser - USDA Forest Service
  • Jason Mander - Oxford University
  • Jeremy Hartnett - Oberlin College
  • John Ippolito - USDA Forest Service
  • John Percival - Norfolk, UK
  • Jordi Principal
  • Keith Swift - Leicester University
  • Kelly Porter - Oberlin College
  • Kent Schneider - USDA Forest Service
  • Lynda Howell - USDA Forest Service
  • Marina Ciaraldi - University of Birmingham
  • Mary Kreitzer - USDA Forest Service
  • Masana Amamiya - Oberlin College
  • Michael Foster - USDA Forest Service
  • Miriam Clinton - Yale University
  • Netisha Currie - Oberlin College
  • Nicholas Wolff - Oberlin, Ohio, USA
  • Rog Bergstrom - USDA Forest Service
  • Sam Carrier - Oberlin College, Ohio
  • Sarah Beattie - Oxford University
  • Sarah Jones - Oberlin College
  • Simon Gregory - Oxford University
  • Smitty Snodgrass - USDA Forest Service
  • Sonia Carozza
  • Sophie Tremmlett - Norfolk, UK
  • Steve Rowley - USDA Forest Service
  • Steve Wojtal - Oberlin College
  • Sue Morgan - USDA Forest Service
  • Tom Snodgrass - USDA Forest Service
  • Ulla Kendler - USDA Forest Service
  • Velicia Bergstrom - USDA Forest Service
  • Virginia Petranto
  • William Mitchell - Cardiff University
  • Andy Thomas - Cambridge County Council, UK
  • Lesley Ann Mather - Bedford County Council, UK

Research Body

  • Oberlin College, Ohio
  • Oxford University

Funding Body

  • Oberlin College, Ohio
  • Oxford University
  • Private funding


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