- Excavations at I Castiedd’ di San Pancrazio Salentino, Southern Italy
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- Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR)
In the last decades the Salento peninsula has become a laboratory for archaeological research of pre-Roman, indigenous societies in Southern Italy. Since the early 1980’s, the Archaeological Centre of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has contributed to this research by carrying out excavations, field surveys and remote sensing techniques in a range of landscape and settlement types throughout the northern half of the peninsula. In recent years, it has focused its attention amongst others on the site of I Castiedd’ di San Pancrazio Salentino, located in an area only marginally documented archaeologically. This article presents the preliminary results of the 2007 excavations that were carried out in close collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Institute at Rome and the Università del Salento. These excavations brought to light a series of houses which were organized along a well defined street pattern. In combination with the field surveys carried out in the same area, the digs indicate that the site of I Castiedd’ was among the larger pre-Roman, indigenous settlements of Salento and that it was continuously occupied from the early Iron age until the early Empire.
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