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Excavation

  • Torre di Satriano
  • Torre di Satriano
  • Satrianum
  • Italy
  • Basilicate
  • Provincia di Potenza
  • Satriano di Lucania

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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)

  • This project aimed to investigate the settlement. The area examined was composed of the southern slopes of the hill occupied by the defensive walls, already partially examined by Princeton University in 1966-67, under the direction of Ross Holloway. He brought to light part of the town’s defensive wall, which he dated to 330-320 B.C., and traces of previous occupation dating to the mid 5th century B.C.
    The new investigation identified six phases of occupation. Phases I and II are attested by traces of layers that can only be dated generically to the 6th century B.C. or sometime before the 5th century B.C. Phase III relates to the building of structures on the slope in a period immediately preceding the construction of the defensive walls. These had been identified by Holloway and interpreted as domestic buildings, the floors of which perhaps rested upon a contemporary infant burial (also identified by Holloway). Phase IV saw the construction of the wall up against the slope. It was constructed using large and small limestone blocks, either dry-stone built or with a sandy loam mortar, faced with squared sandstone blocks which may have come from the Melandro valley. As regards the chronology of the fortification, a date of somewhere in the 4th century B.C. can be confirmed, even though it is not possible at present to verify the exactness of Holloway’s 320 B.C. date. Phase V regards the medieval occupation of the summit. During the 13th century, a series of terraces and houses seems to have been built along the southern side of the hilltop. (Maria Luisa Nava)

Director

  • Maria Luisa Nava - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Basilicata
  • Massimo Osanna - Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera

Team

  • D. Liuzzi
  • Fabrizio Sudano - Università degli Studi di Catania
  • K. Trombetti
  • P. Scandellari
  • S. Pagliuca
  • Studenti del corso di Laurea in Operatore Beni Culturali
  • Barbara Serio

Research Body

  • Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera, Università degli Studi della Basilicata
  • Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Basilicata

Funding Body

  • Comunità Montana
  • Consiglio regionale di Basilicata

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