From 1996 until the present day, with an interval between 1998-2003, the University of Amsterdam has carried out yearly excavations in the urban area of ancient Satricum. Work has been undertaken on the zone of Poggio dei Cavallari, north of the provincial road form Nettuno to Cisterna. Here work began again in 1996 following a rescue excavation in 1984. An area of circa two hectares was explored in two campaigns. Circa 140 m of parallel walls were uncovered, interpreted as the foundations for a monumental road of archaic date. This led to the acropolis and then to the temple of Mater Matuta, where its continuation had been identified at the end of the 1800s and, again by the Dutch during their 1980s campaigns. At least two overlying phases of the road were identified, each having lateral containing walls. Along the northern side of the road ten tombs dating to the 5th century B.C. were documented.
In 2003 the excavations were extended towards the terrain adjacent to that excavated in 1984, 1996-1997. It was established that the road continued towards the east for at least 550 m in the direction of the town walls, bringing its excavated length to 700 m. Furthermore, two lateral roads leading in a south-easterly direction towards the interior of the town were discovered, together with the remains of two large buildings along the south side of the road. The excavations in area 3 revealed the presence of other tombs, this time not only along the road but also cut into the road’s surface, a clear indication that the road had gone out of use. The new tombs date to the 5th-4th century B.C. During the 2009 campaign work continued in excavation area 3.
- Marijke Gnade - AAC-Università di Amsterdam
- Desiré Steures - Università di Amsterdam
- Jeltje Stobbe - Università di Amsterdam
- Muriel Louwaard - Università di Amsterdam
- Studenti di archeologia classica - Università di Amsterdam
- Università di Amsterdam
- Casale del Giglio, Le Ferriere (Lt)
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