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  • Fondo Casino
  • Cavallino
  • Italy
  • Apulia
  • Provincia di Lecce
  • Cavallino



  • 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)

  • Excavations continued in the area of Fondo Casino on the residential quarter uncovered in previous years. Work concentrated in the area of building I1, which faced onto the wide east road paved with cobbles. The building was formed by two rectangular rooms on an east-west alignment. The room to the north can probably be interpreted as a porticoed area which led into the second, larger, room covered by a roof of semi-curved tiles. The north, west and south walls of this room were well preserved, whilst the eastern side of the building had been largely demolished by agricultural activities. In the area to the west a third room came to light, its walls at a slight angle to the closing wall of the structure’s main room.

    Further excavation east of building I1 revealed that the terrain had been heavily disturbed by agricultural work. This had cut the stratigraphy down to the occupation level of the Iron Age hut village, of which the remains of a baked earth hearth were uncovered.

    In the area of Fondo Casino 1, close to the entrance to the “Museo Diffuso”, exploration of the large building H1 continued. Inside room 1 excavation continued of the deepest layers, those relating to an Iron Age hut of which only a stretch of a semi-circular wall and related floor levels remained.
    To the west of room 1 of building H1, a trench (2 × 5 m) was dug in an area where earlier campaigns had exposed a large courtyard paved with tufina mixed with gravel, belonging to the final occupation phase. The trench was placed in an area where the floors were badly preserved with the aim of investigating the earlier occupation phases. Below the remains of the structure a series of floor levels came to light relating to the preceding occupation phases of building H1.

    The data collected suggests that the area had always functioned as a large enclosed open-air courtyard, which protected the entrance to the building. Further, the excavation area of the stone quarry situated to the east of building H1, already partially dug, was extended. The steps formed by the removed blocks were completely exposed revealing traces of the quarrying process on the walls and showing the use of various tools for the working and quarrying of the stone blocks (picks, chisels, gradine, wedges).
    The excavation of the quarry area was then extended to the west and the quarry itself was completely emptied.


  • Francesco D'Andria - Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali


  • Gian Paolo Ciongoli - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Puglia
  • Corrado Notario - Università del Salento

Research Body

  • Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali

Funding Body

  • A.C.R.I. (Associazione delle Casse di Risparmio Italiane)
  • Comune di Cavallino


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