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  • San Martino del Piano
  • Fossombrone
  • Forum Sempronii
  • Italy
  • The Marches
  • Pesaro and Urbino
  • Fossombrone



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    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)

  • Temple A. The excavation of this building, situated immediately north of the forum, began in 2014 and its entire perimeter has been identified, c. 9.45 × 17.15 m. It is divided into a pronaos and large cella, most of which only preserved at foundation level. Two trenches were opened in correspondence with the rear wall of the cella, in order to gain a better understanding of the earlier late Republican structure cut by the temple of imperial date.
    Important dating evidence was uncovered: a bronze fibula covered in silver (now being studied) underneath the beaten earth floor surface created between the two structures and, below the foundations of the late Republican low wall, a very-worn bronze coin, difficult to identify but probably a cast Republican aes grave pre-dating 80 B.C.

    Augusteum. Identified and almost completely excavated in 2013, the building stood on the eastern edge of the forum. This season, work was renewed on this structure: the 2013 trench positioned in the apse at the centre of the rear wall was extended in order to gain a better understanding of the foundations of the entire building, comprising two separate nucleuses resting one on the other, both abutting the terrain. A layer of compact soil was identified about halfway up the second foundation nucleus, containing numerous pottery fragments datable to the late republican period: Dressel 1 amphorae, black glaze ware, and thin-walled ware. A large number of impasto fragments, in particular from jars and cook pots, were also recovered. The pottery study will determine whether this was Roman coarse ware or pottery produced by pre-existing Italic populations.

    Domus di Europa. The north-western part of the domus was excavated, revealing the stone foundations of dividing walls, probably relating to a courtyard. The walls were built of mud bricks measuring 28 × 28 cm, some large fragments of which were recovered. A part of the impluvium was also identified, linked to a channel covered by stone slabs.
    A well with a dry-stone built lining was uncovered in the service area of the domus. During a later phase, the height of the wellhead was raised. The excavations recovered a few fragments of moulded cornices and a large number of bones, probably from an ox..
    Shops. The excavations in the insula housing the Large Baths concentrated on room H, situated behind shops E and f.
    This space, with an elongated rectangular plan, orientated north-east/south-west, was enclosed on all four sides by opus vittatum walls and was probably open-air. It can be suggested that it formed a large courtyard linked with the commercial activities of the shops, from which there was direct access. The finds did not provide any precise dating evidence for the occupation phase, generically datable to the full-late imperial period. Further information will come from the continuation of the excavations.

  • Oscar Mei- Università di Urbino, Dipartimento di Scienze della Comunicazione, Discipline Umanistiche e Studi Internazionali 


  • Valeria Purcaro-Università di Urbino, Dipartimento di Scienze della Comunicazione, Discipline Umanistiche e Studi Internazionali


  • Filippo Venturini
  • Giancarlo Gori-Museo di Fossombrone
  • Laura Invernizzi
  • Lorenzo Cariddi
  • Marina Zingaro
  • Massimo Gasparini
  • Melissa Equestri
  • Oscar Mei- Università di Urbino, Dipartimento di Scienze della Comunicazione e Discipline Umanistiche

Research Body

  • Universita’ di Urbino

Funding Body

  • Comune di Fossombrone
  • Universita’ di Urbino


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