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Excavation

  • Molia
  • Illorai
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  • Italy
  • Sardinia
  • Provincia di Sassari
  • Illorai

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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)

  • The finds from previous campaigns were catalogued and excavation continued in domus de janus IV.

    The excavation followed the usual methodology, with floatation and sampling for charcoal (radiometric and anthracological analyses) and of the sediments incorporated in the materials (chemical analysis of the archaeological contexts).
    Excavation mainly took place at the beginning of the dromos (by the entrance to the antechamber), with the removal of the US 47-50 (identified in 2015), corresponding with the structured hearth (US 48) and the surrounding external area.
    An abundance of ash, stratified charcoal, with large pieces, mixed with animal bone and pottery fragments were observed, particularly inside the hearth. In the surrounding area, the number of finds diminished.

    The stratigraphy relating to the hearth, surrounding area and stones bordering the hearth (US 48) were removed and the part of the antechamber left as a baulk in 2014 (US 25), formed by an accumulation of pottery and stones that continued into the dromos was excavated.
    Continuing the excavation, within US 71, there was a pit below the threshold into the antechamber containing the US 77-78 and 81. Layers US 78 and 81 constituted a sealed context probably of cult or sacred function, for example a ritual linked to phase when the tomb or dromos was constructed. US 77 contained charcoal, seeds, a few pottery fragments and animal bones, probably the residue from ceremonial rituals. The context overlay US 79, a thin layer covering the floor.

    In synthesis: 19 layers were identified (US 63-81).
    Number of inventoried finds: 449 (ns. 1531-1980).
    The graphic and photographic documentation was digitized.

  • Giuseppa Tanda - Dipartimento di Storia, Beni Culturali e Territorio - Università di Cagliari 

Director

  • Gianfranca Salis - Soprintendenza Archeologica per le province di Sassari e Nuoro
  • Gianfranco Sanna

Team

  • Claudia Carente- Università di Sassari
  • Garcia Noelia
  • Giuseppa Tanda - Dipartimento di Storia, Beni Culturali e Territorio - Università di Cagliari
  • Rosanna Erbi
  • Cinzia Loi - Università di Cagliari
  • Luca Doro
  • Mariano Ucchesu - Università degli studi di Cagliari
  • Andra Virdis
  • Antonello Sanna

Research Body

  • Dipartimento di Storia, Beni Culturali e Territorio, Università di Cagliari

Funding Body

  • Comune di Illorai
  • Dipartimento di Storia, Beni Culturali e Territorio, Università di Cagliari

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