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  • S. Maria in Pantano
  • S. Maria in Pantano
  • Vicus (ad) Martis Tudertium
  • Italy
  • Umbria
  • Provincia di Perugia
  • Massa Martana

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  • Following upon the work of 2008, further excavation was conducted in the two areas that had been explored already. In particular, we were able to further define the western limit of the via-glareata road that runs north-south through the site, a road we now believe to be the ancient Via Flaminia. We continue to find evidence for at least two construction phases for the large structure discovered last year, with the earlier showing evidence of deliberate in-fill. The later phase also is partly constructed from re-used architectural elements, likely drawn from other areas of the site which have not yet been excavated. Among the more intriguing finds in the first-period in-fill was a fragmentary architectural terracotta of the kind found at other republican-era sites in Umbria.

    The western sondage was expanded in an effort to clarify the western limit of the large structure discovered in 2008. Several more recent agricultural features emerged at levels just above the ancient walls, included several likely drainage canals. In addition a burial “a cappuccina” likely of a late-antique date was discovered at the western limit of our excavation. While the type of burial is unremarkable, the contents are not: two complete legs, intact but unconnected to one another, and several hand bones.

    Geomagnetic survey was also performed this season as last, this time in a field some 150m to the north of our current excavations. This survey strongly suggested the presence of numerous ancient structures below the surface, and lead us to believe that the ancient Vicus was at least two hectares in area.

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