FOLD&R Italy Series

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Index for 2019

  • 434 - F. Mollo, A. Laino , M. Puglisi, E. Rizzo, M. Sergi, M. Sfacteria, P. Siclari. 2019. Lo scavo nel Foro di Blanda sul Palecastro di Tortora: campagna di scavo 2018 . A new campaign of archaeological investigations on the Palecastro hill, where the Roman city of Blanda stood, took place between 28 May and 29 June 2018. The 2018 intervention, carried out by the University of Messina, concerned the sectors of the City Forum, already partially investigated during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. The excavations fo-cused on areas 1000, 3000 and 6000 and allowed us not only to better understand the layout of the Forum but they also offered numerous evidences related to the archaic phase of the settlement. PDFpermalinkRecord Sheet
  • 433 - F. Mollo, E. Donato, M. Sergi, M. Sfacteria. 2019. Le ricerche archeologiche alla Petrosa di Scalea (2017-2018): rapporto preliminare . The site of Petrosa di Scalea (CS) consists of a large rocky platform, strongly prominent on the sea, characterized by a complex of three oblong-shaped hills. The site has been the subject of archaeological investigations in November 1975 carried out by P. G. Guzzo, who recognized a hut settlement attributable to populations of oenotrian culture, which is the only one known for southern Italy. the excavations carried out by the University of Messina in 2017 have shed new light on the issue, as they have unearthed the remains of a stone structure that could be part of the boundary walls of the vil-lage. PDFpermalinkRecord Sheet
  • 432 - Sabrina Mutino, Rosanna Calabrese, Benedetto Carroccio, Franca C. Papparella. 2019. Potenza, località Stompagno. Prime considerazioni sullo scavo della necropoli altomedievale . In this paper the necropolis of the locality Stompagno di Potenza, ascribed to the VI-VII century, is analyzed. The funer-ary nucleus, perhaps part of a larger necropolis, was found in 2009 during the construction of the pipeline. It consists of 7 tombs that have a different structure (cappuccina, with tiles); they are characterized by the deposition of only one in-humation, or were reused, and present both ritual and personal equipment. The necropolis of Stompagno is part of the territorial context of the Northern Provincia Lucania, which analyzes the available data as a territory rich in archaeologi-cal evidence of the VI-VII century. PDFpermalinkRecord Sheet
  • 431 - Maureen Carroll - University of Sheffield. 2019. Preliminary Report on the University of Sheffield Excavations in the Vi-cus of the Roman Imperial Estate at Vagnari, Puglia, 2012-2018. Imperial properties in Italy have been studied primarily on the basis of historical texts and epigraphic evidence. The well documented archaeological sequences of occupation and diagnostic assemblages at Vagnari in Puglia offer an invalua-ble and fresh perspective on profound changes in social and political circumstances, population mobility, and economic regimes in the context of Roman imperial ownership. After seven years of fieldwork here, we are now able to document and better understand the transformation of a late Republican agricultural settlement in private possession into a vast estate owned by the Roman emperor. PDFpermalinkRecord Sheet
  • 430 - Ivo Van der Graaff - University of New Hampshire, Michael L. Thomas, University of Texas at Austin, Paul Wilkinson - Swale and Thames, UK, Jennifer L. Muslin - University of Texas, John R. Clarke University of Texas at Austin, Nayla Muntasser, Giovanni Di Maio. 2019. First Results of Three Seasons of Excavation at Oplontis B (2016-18). The Oplontis Project has investigated Oplontis Villa B, located in Torre Annunziata, Italy, since 2012. The site fell victim to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE together with its celebrated neighbor, Villa A, a UNESCO world heritage site also known as the Villa of Poppaea. The project’s aim is to produce a comprehensive study of buildings at Oplontis B that in-clude a Roman wine emporium and ancillary structures excavated by Italian authorities between the 1970s and 1990s. As part of this investigation, the project has carried out systematic excavations to shed light on the development of the site as well as to clean and document the standing remains. This report presents the preliminary results of the last three excavation campaigns conducted in the weeks of late May and early June between 2016 and 2018. The early results in-clude a unique local eruptive sequence that buried the site, the discovery of a kiln, and the recovery of earlier (pre-) Roman buildings that demonstrate a dynamic development of the complex. PDFpermalinkRecord Sheet
  • 429 - Marco Serra - Dipartimento di Lettere, Lingue e Beni culturali Facoltà di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Cagliari , Valentina Mameli - Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche - Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Carla Cannas - Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche - Università degli Studi di Cagliari. 2019. Proprietà tecnologiche e provenienza delle materie prime impiegate per la produzione delle statue menhir di Aiodda-Nurallao (Sardegna centra-le): il contributo dell’archeometria . Macroscopic examinations and chemical measurements by non destructive pXRF, ICP-OES and ICP-MS have been applied on 10 geological samples collected from the fossiliferous limestone of the Villagreca Unit, outcropping in Nurallao (central Sardinia). The results of this study have allowed to determine the geochemical intra-source variability of the lithic raw material while the mineralogical investigation performed by PXRD on the same geological samples have led to define some technological properties of the limestone. Then, on 13 Eneolithic menhirs coming from the archaeological site of Aiodda-Nurallao (dating back to the 3rd millennium BC) non destructive pXRF measurements and visual observations have been carried out according to conservative limitations. Through the comparison between artifacts and lithological outcrop’s analytical data, the authors have been able to define the geological source of the raw materials employed in megalithic sculptures manufacturing. Basing on the raw material technological properties, it has been possible to record the trend to select soft stones easy to work by prehistoric technologies. PDFpermalinkRecord Sheet
  • 428 - Federica Stella Mosimann - Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali, Arturo Zara - Università degli Studi di Padova. 2019. Lo scavo del crollo di un vano affrescato dell’edificio ad est del foro di Nora (Sardegna) Nuovi contributi dallo studio della pittura parietale . Dynamics of collapse of a building are one of the most complex processes to understand in archaeology, so their re-construction is only possible facing different lines of research at the same time. This paper describes the case-study of a collapse of a painted room in a middle imperial building of the ancient city of Nora (Sardinia) and aims to validate a combined analysis of archaeological, technical and iconographic data as the only way to get a trustworthy reconstruc-tion of the paintings. PDFpermalinkRecord Sheet