The Research

The Civic Museum is engaged in various research activities, carried out in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency for Lazio and Southern Etruria and the Archaeological Group of Land Cerite.

FLOODED PYRGI PROJECT: UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECONNAISSANCE IN THE PORT OF ANCIENT CAERE

The research project, initiated by the Civic Museum of Santa Marinella, in collaboration with the Superintendence and Maritime Studies Center of the Archaeological Group of Cerite Territory, comes mainly from the desire to deepen the understanding and protection of the seabed along the ancient coast of Caere, still unaffected by intensive research of underwater archeology and unfortunately for a long time exposed to the looting of illegal and occasional divers. The project was prompted by the review of the site of Pyrgi, the port of ancient Caere, between landing the best known of the ancient world, affected by an exceptional settlement continuity, documented from prehistory to the present day.

Over time the work in water has led to the preparation of a new archaeological mapping of the seabed in 1: 1000 scale, including tabs and graphic and photographic documentation of 112 sites.

(First news in F. Enei, Submerged Pyrgi. Archaeological Reconnaissance underwater in the harbor of the ancient Caere, S. Marinella 2008).

THE PROJECT “Castrum Novum”

The research project covers the site of the ancient Roman colony of Castrum Novum in Santa Marinella Capo Linaro. Since 2010, in collaboration with French universities of Amiens and Lille3, one is pursuing the study of the archaeological remains and the ancient topography of the town. The last campaign of excavations led to the discovery of the city walls of the colony, of the possible theater ruins and an area of town with extended attendance between the third century BC and fifth century AD.  The Maritime Studies Center of the GATC is proceeding with the construction of the archaeological map of the sea bed where it was located the port and the big fish ponds now submerged.

(First news in Enei F., S. Combescure, G. Poccardi, M. L. Haack, Castrum Novum. History and archeology of a Roman colony in the territory of Santa Marinella, Booklet 1, S.Marinella 2011).

THE PROJECT “AGER CAERETANUS”. RECONSTRUCTION OF ANCIENT LANDSCAPES

The research project involves the preparation of the archaeological map of ancient Caeretan territory for the reconstruction of the historical development of the ancient landscapes, from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Research has so far led to the discovery and documentation in the field of more than 1,500 sites, 920 of which have already been published with its archaeological map and a first historical-topographical analysis. To date it is proceeding with the reconnaissance of the area between Pyrgi, Ladispoli and Furbara Sasso to complete the coverage of about 400 sq km around the city of Caere, chosen as a test site.

(First news on the project F. Enei, Project Ager Caeretanus. The Coast of Alsium, S. Marinella 2001)

PROJECT “HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE CASTLE OF SANTA SEVERE”

The project involves the study and research of historical and archaeological evidence related to the monumental complex of Santa Severa Castle. After the excavations carried out between 2003 and 2009 in different areas of the castle village that led to the discovery of the remains of the Roman and Etruscan and the discovery of the early Christian church of Santa Severa, still it preserved for approximately three meters high with some columns still standing. One is now working to deepen the studies on materials and found on different aspects of the medieval history of the settlement

(First information in F. Enei, Santa Severa between legend and historical reality. Pyrgi and the Castle of Santa Severa in the light of recent research, Grotte di Castro in 2013)

PROJECT “PALEOKYRNOS”

THE ORIGINS OF THE POPULATION OF CORSICA: THE SEARCH FOR THE PALEOLITHIC FREQUENTATION PALEOLITHIC

The draft study called Paleokyrnos is intended to investigate the most ancient origins of the population of Corsica, in order to deepen the research in relation to the possible presence of man in the stages of the most distant prehistory. The state of studies and knowledge still leaves open the discussion on the Paleolithic island attendance as well as in some ways remains to be defined that of the other major islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Mediterranean.

The research project aims to deepen the studies and try to find in the field with targeted identification possible traces of the Paleolithic attendance over the territory. The initiative was launched by the Civic Museum of Santa Marinella with the Archaeological Group of Land Cerite (GATC), Institut d’Etudes des Civilisations et des Espaces Appliquées Méditerranéens course (INEACEM) and the Prehistoric Museum of Pofi “Peter Fedele” with reconnaissance campaigns in Corsica center, preceded by an analysis of the geology of the territory in identifying the most appropriate and promising areas where to focus your search. They are several outcrops and river terraces training were selected with Pleistocene deposits of gravels and sands of various origins and characteristics, in the Tavignano River valley and that of Golo. Other popular areas are near Aleria, the Pond of Diana, of Narrow and Cape Corso.

(First news in F. Enei, to the origins of the population of Corsica: the pursuit of Paleolithic attendance, in the Corse et le monde méditerranéen des origines au moyen-âge: échanges et circuits commercial brokers, Actes du colloque de Bastia – November 21, 2013, B SSHNC n. 746-747, 2014).

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