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  • Villa di Tiberio
  • Sperlonga



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      AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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    Summary (English)

    • A team from Milan University (director Prof. Fabrizio Slavazzi) carried out these excavations in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Lazio. Work concentrated on the imperial villa; in particular, the hill area denominated Area V. Here, in correspondence with rooms V12 and V15, a trench (4 × 9 m) was opened that revealed a series of walls belonging to two rooms. They shared the same rear wall built in opus reticulatum, bonded with a perpendicular structure built using the same technique. Originally, the area must have been characterised by a single large quadrangular room that was perhaps part of the first phase in this sector of the villa. Later, three more walls defining the limits and alignment of rooms V12 and V15 were built at right angles to the rear wall.

      Further down in room V15, an earlier, semicircular wall emerged which it is suggested was what survived of the dome of a large kiln/oven, denominated Kiln 1. It had an internal diameter of over 2 m, was covered by a thick layer of whitish mortar, and had been built abutting the _opus_reticulatum_ wall. The preliminary date for the construction of Kiln I is 1st-2nd century A.D. Following a destruction phase, another semicircular structure was inserted into Kiln I, abutting its south side and resting directly on its floor. It was built using dumped materials.
      It forms a smaller structure that for appearance and characteristics is interpreted as a kiln/oven (Kiln II). It is suggested that it was used for cooking food and that it substituted the earlier kiln/oven, which probably had the same use, and had fallen into ruin. The area was definitively abandoned in the late antique period and layers of fill and rubble gradually obliterated the structures. A fragment of an ARS D plate with stamped decoration found inside Kiln II dates the end of its use and of the other structures in the area to between the end of the 4th and the first half of the 5th century A.D.

    • Fabrizio Slavazzi - Università degli Studi di Milano 



    • Daniela Massara - Università degli Studi di Milano
    • Daniele Capuzzo
    • Elena Belgiovine – Archeologa specializzata
    • Federica Giacobello – Università degli Studi di Milano
    • Federica Grossi

    Research Body

    • Università degli Studi di Milano

    Funding Body

    • Università degli Studi di Milano


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