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



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Summary (English)

  • The Sangro Valley Project was begun in 1994 by John Lloyd (Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University), Neil Christie (Leicester University), and Amalia Faustoferri (Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Abruzzo). The Project was modeled on Graeme Barker’s decade-long survey project in the Biferno Valley in Molise, the province south of the Abruzzo, one of the first major studies of a Mediterranean valley to use an array of analytical methods to study a valley’s settlement pattern in the “longue durée” and to seek to complement the “total history” of the Annales school with a form of “total archaeology.” Since Lloyd’s untimely death in 1999, an Anglo-American team (headed by Susan Kane, Oberlin College and Edward Bispham, Oxford University) has continued operations in the region, focusing its work on Monte Pallano the dominating feature of the river Sangro’s middle valley and its environs. Monte Pallano was the focal point for a series of settlements dating from the early Iron Age to the High Empire, with sporadic activity continuing in the Middle Ages. The current Sangro Valley Project sustains both a research programme in the Sangro middle valley, using Lloyd’s survey data as its starting point, and a didactic field school for undergraduates, with excavations on a site within the park of Monte Pallano. (Susan Kane-Ed Bispham)

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



  • Andy Thomas - Cambridge County Council, UK
  • Lesley Ann Mather - Bedford County Council, UK

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