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  • Castello di Miranduolo
  • Coste Castagnoli
  • Miranduolo
  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Province of Siena
  • Chiusdino



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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)

  • The 13th excavation campaign on the site of the castle of Miranduolo (Chiusdino, Siena) concentrated on extending existing trenches and the opening of a new sector (Area 19): – Area 11 (south-western part of the hill) was enlarged to the east, exposing the line of the curtain wall dating to the end of the 12th century and a series of occupation layers relating to the “incastellamento” phases in the centuries of the mid and late medieval period. – The extension of Area 14 towards the west (northern part of the hill, outside the curtain wall) continued excavation of contexts relating to the 12th century castle and a 8th century A.D. blacksmith’s workshop. – In Area 15 work continued in the cemetery area east of the ecclesiastical building (Quadrant B1) in order to understand the stratigraphic deposits and therefore date the various phases of the necropolis and the occupation prior to its creation. – Excavations continued in Area 17 at the base of the hill, mainly concentrating on the early medieval deposits left unexcavated during the previous campaign, with occupation phases beginning in the 8th century and continuing without interruption until the late 10th century. In addition, excavation of the metalworking structure, dating to the end of the 11th-beginning of the 12th century, was completed. – Area 18 (north side inside the wall) was extended towards the west in order to complete the excavation of the succession of buildings in use from the late 10th to the 12th century. In the final part of the campaign a structure for the storage of dry foodstuffs, dating to the 8th century, was partially investigated. – Area 19, the only new trench, was opened in the western part of the north sector, north of the necropolis. The main object of investigation was a building dating to the late 11th-12th century probably relating to the church area as its south wall was formed by a wall delimiting the perimeter of the religious complex.

  • Marco Valenti - Università degli Studi di Siena, Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti 



  • Valentina Galante - Università di Siena
  • Dario Ceppatelli - Università di Siena
  • Vasco La Salvia - Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti
  • Alessandra Nardini - Università di Siena
  • Vittorio Fronza - Università di Siena
  • Gabriele Castiglia - Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana
  • Veronica Mariottini - Università di Siena
  • Luca Isabella - Università di Siena
  • Manuele Putti - Università di Siena
  • Stefano Bertoldi - Università di Siena
  • Marie-Ange Causarano - Università di Siena

Research Body

  • Università degli Studi di Siena, Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti, Insegnamento di Archeologia Medievale

Funding Body

  • Comune di Chiusdino


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