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Excavation

  • Incoronata
  • Metaponto
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  • Italy
  • Basilicate
  • Provincia di Matera
  • Pisticci

Summary (English)

  • Research conducted on the Incoronata hill at Metaponto aims to gain an understanding of the topography, function and nature of the Greek settlement of the first half of the 7th century B.C. and its relationship with the indigenous Iron Age village. To this end, the excavation on the large ‘plateau’ in the north-western area of the hill has been re-opened.

    These investigations have confirmed the nature of this imposing terrace which was constructed using very compact clayey soil reinforced in its upper level by a large quantity of reused, broken bricks and by pebbles and pottery sherds in the lower part. The terrace, completely impermeable and reinforced at the extremities with irregular stone blocks which run along the edges of the hill, was built to fill a natural hollow in the hillside. An interesting find, situated just above natural, was a pit relating to the building’s foundation ritual. The fill of blackish soil contained numerous burnt inclusions, bones and the upper half of a polychrome amphoriskos. The vessel, probably imported and dating to the earliest phase of the Greek settlement, was broken before deposition in the pit. The chronology seems to be confirmed by the type of pottery found within the layers forming the -plateau’. It is mostly indigenous, but also of colonial production, and dates to between the end of the 8th century B.C. and the beginning of the 7th century B.C. Further excavation was undertaken on the extreme north-west end of the hill, in corrispondence with a trench already begun by Piero Orlandini, in which Medieval remains came to light. Lastly, a small trench dug in the north-eastern part of the hill along the northern slopes of the modern approach road, revealed pottery fragments of colonial production: stamnoi, painted deinoi, a relief decorated pithos and a perirrhanterion (large basin on a stand)e.

  • Maria Luisa Nava - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Basilicata 

Director

  • Mario Denti - Université de Haute Bretagne-Rennes 2, Departement d’Histoire dell’Art et Archéologie Laboratoire CERAMA (Centre d’Etude et de Recherche en Archéolog

Team

  • Antonio De Siena - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Basilicata
  • Cecilia De Faveri - Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia dell’Università della Basilicata
  • Céline Gaslain - Université de Rennes 2
  • Django Guyon - Université de Rennes 2
  • Dominique Allios - Université de Haute Bretagne
  • Lara Cossalter - Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia dell’Università della Basilicata
  • Marco Di Lieto - Università degli Studi della Basilicata – responsabile documentazione grafica
  • Mario Denti - Université de Haute Bretagne-Rennes 2, Departement d’Histoire dell’Art et Archéologie Laboratoire CERAMA (Centre d’Etude et de Recherche en Archéolog
  • Mimi Hill - Laboratorie d’Archéomagnétisme, UMR 6566
  • Philippe Dufresne - Laboratorie d’Archéomagnétisme, UMR 6566
  • Philippe Lanos - Institut de Recherche sur les Archéomatériaux IRAMAT), CNRS UMR 5060, Centre de Recherche en Physique Appliquée à l’Archéologie (CRPAA), Université Bordeaux 3
  • Studenti - Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia dell’Università della Basilicata
  • Studenti - Istituto Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli
  • Université de Rennes 2

Research Body

  • Equipe d’accueil “Histoire et critique des Arts”, Université de Rennes 2
  • UMR 6566 CReAAH

Funding Body

  • Equipe d’accueil “Histoire et critique des Arts”, Université de Rennes 2
  • UMR 6566 CReAAH

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