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Excavation

  • San Pietro di Cantoni
  • Contrada Cantoni di Sepino
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  • Italy
  • Molise
  • Provincia di Campobasso
  • Sepino

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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)

  • In the 2014 season excavations took place in the sanctuary area.
    Trees were removed in order to excavate the continuation of the pathway leading to the so-called rectangular structure at the front of the large podium and to investigate a second structure in the immediate vicinity, neglected for years at the edge of the excavation area. The latter was circular in plan, the walls made of small-medium cobblestones, and some reused materials roughly placed one on top of the other within the wall.

    The excavation also showed the widespread presence of decayed bonding material characterising a thin band of soil along the internal edge of the structure and a central nucleus, also circular, formed by a closely-packed pile of large shapeless stones. At present, its function remains uncertain. Perhaps connected with water supply for a productive activity, it is clear that the structure dates to the later occupation phases in the area.

    A trench opened at the front and east side of the final stretch of the road that joined the ramp of steps leading up to the stylobate. This revealed the connecting walls between the rectangular structure and the podium behind it. The facing was made of medium sized squared blocks in regular courses that provided protection for the flight of steps. This type of construction technique is already known in the sanctuary and is generally considered to have been used for repairs and restoration, as for example in the podium structure. The structural and architectural similarities between the rectangular building and the structures relating to the podium front and its use seem in this case to confirm the late date of the intervention.

    Nearby, excavations continued on the final stretch of the paved road mentioned above. This removed all the structures built on its sides and a hearth. A miniature terracotta mask was found, so far unique among the numerous types of votive discovered at the sanctuary.

    A Survey and 3D Modelling Summer School was organised by the Universities of Venice and Perugia at Saepinum and San Pietro di Cantoni, during which an aerial and ground photogrammetric survey was undertaken of the entire excavation area and a substantial area of the surrounding environment using GPS and UAV devices. The sanctuary’s main structures were surveyed and documented using a laser scanner for the preliminary acquisition of points for the subsequent creation of a 3D model.

  • Maurizio Matteini Chiari, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Lettere-Lingue, Letterature e Civiltà antiche e moderne  
  • Valeria Scocca, Dottoranda in Storia delle Arti, Università di Verona e di Venezia Ca’ Foscari/IUAV  

Director

  • Maurizio Matteini Chiari, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Lettere-Lingue, Letterature e Civiltà antiche e moderne

Team

  • Valeria Ceglia - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Molise
  • Jacopo Bartolini
  • Marco Corona
  • Mauro Vassena
  • Michela D’Alessandro
  • Valeria Scocca, Dottoranda in Storia delle Arti, Università di Verona e di Venezia Ca’ Foscari/IUAV
  • Valeria Scocca, Dottoranda in Storia delle Arti, Università di Verona e di Venezia Ca’ Foscari/IUAV

Research Body

  • Associazione Culturale “SAIPINAZ”
  • Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Lettere-Lingue, Letterature e Civiltà antiche e moderne, Cattedra di Topografia Antica

Funding Body

  • Associazione Culturale “SAIPINAZ”
  • Comune di Sepino
  • Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Lettere-Lingue, Letterature e Civiltà antiche e moderne, Cattedra di Topografia Antica

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