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



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    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • This was the sixth campaign at Torre Satriano on the north side of the hill.

    The excavations in trench X investigated the final phases of the building and confirmed the presence of 4 building phases. The complex – occupied between the mid 6th and the first quarter of the 5th centuries B.C. and was suddenly destroyed perhaps by an earthquake. Its first phase had a rectangular plan, with a large central room (room 1a), flanked by two smaller rooms. The northern room (service room 1b) probably had a mezzanine floor. The south room (room 2) – vestibule and place for the display of banqueting table-wares and positional goods – led both to the central room and to a courtyard that opened to the east. Along the west side a pillared structure (room 3) formed the monumental access to the complex. To the east, three piers formed a sort of propylaeum. In a later phase, two porticoes were added to the rectangular building. Between the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 5th century B.C. the complex was enlarged by the addition of new rooms to the north and east. Room 4, to the north, faced onto a small courtyard (room 5) closed to the north and east by very substantial walls. To the south, room 5 is adjacent to but non-communicating with, a large rectangular courtyard, room 6. In the final construction phase the internal layout was altered. The floors in all rooms were raised. An access was created to room 4 from the east, while the passage between rooms 4 and 5 was blocked. The height of the room 5 walls was increased and a new entrance from room 1 was created.

    Excavations also continued in trench XI, revealing the presence of an oval hut around which there were three postholes. No evidence for the walls survived. The finds from inside the hut date its occupation to between the end of the 7th and beginning of the 5th centuries B.C.

    Trench XIII was opened at about 85 cm south-west of trench XI in order to check the results of the geo-physical survey undertaken in this area. A building datable to the 5th century B.C. was uncovered, with a portico on the north side, about which nothing more can be said at present. An enchytrismos burial of the same date came to light north of the building.

  • Massimo Osanna - Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera 



  • Donatella Novellis - Università degli Studi del Salento
  • D. Bruscella
  • F. Lembo - Università degli Studi della Basilicata
  • F.P.R. Marino - Università degli Studi della Basilicata
  • Giuseppe Loiudice
  • T. Devenuto -Politecnico di Bari
  • Tonia Giammatteo - CNR-IMAA
  • Barbara Serio
  • Enzo Rizzo - CNR-IMAA, soc. Tomogea
  • G. Ferreri - Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera
  • Daniele Mallardi
  • S. Vullo – Università degli Studi della Basilicata

Research Body

  • Università degli Studi della Basilicata/Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera

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