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  • 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)

  • The archaeological survey in the municipality of Tito at Torre Satriano, was held at the ancient medieval fortified settlement.

    Thanks to the interventions promoted by the Post graduate school of archaeology in Matera, they are defining already from previous campaigns of some key points of the settlement functions: the summital plateau, on which stands a square tower, headquarters of the secular power and an episcopal complex with adjoining the cathedral, representing the ecclesiastical power; the south side and west along the road of internal connection, close to the access areas and defense of the fortified site. The excavations are uncovering an intense stratigraphic succession, since the age lucana to the mid-fifteenth century, a sign of a long man-attendance and its strategic role, especially in the Norman-Swabian period. With the removal operations of the rubble several relevant findings were recovered ancient sculptural ornaments of the most prominent buildings, including the cathedral. In the village, however, the excavations are catching mobile data (pottery and metals) and real estate (analysis in the higher structures) necessary for functional and structural reconstruction of suspects environments.

    A study of reconstruction, therefore, functions in the diachrony of all suspects environments, enabling determination of philology places for a future museum display. For example, are being studied some environments on the summit plateau, as a latrina, a kitchen, the access stairs to allow you to restore the connection that existed between the inside and the outside of the episcopate, including areas linked to the administration of souls with those acts to the most daily functions. They are doing analysis to samples of soil and animal bones (especially in waste spill areas) to allow you to provide data on the eating habits of the ecclesiastical community that resided there.

    In the village, which is structured along the southern and western slopes of the hill, they are carrying out topographical studies aimed at the restoration of the interior space and the identification of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The excavations in this part of the settlement have unearthed two relevant structures to a great gateway to the summit plateau (CF101 and CF 72) and the other to a small church, built near the fortification walls. Both environments (still under excavation) show a final obliteration no later than the middle of the 15th century.

  • Francesca Sogliani - IBAM CNR; Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera, Università degli Studi della Basilicata 

Director

  • Francesca Sogliani - IBAM CNR; Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera, Università degli Studi della Basilicata

Team

  • D. Roubis - IBAM CNR; Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera, Università degli Studi della Basilicata
  • L.Scrano - Università degli studi della Basilicata
  • Valentino Vitale- dottorando DICEM, UNIBAS
  • T. Giammatteo - CNR-ibam
  • B. Gargiulo - dottoranda DICEM, UNIBAS

Research Body

  • Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici di Matera
  • Università degli studi della Basilicata

Funding Body

  • Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici di Matera
  • Università degli studi della Basilicata

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