This was the 14th campaign and this year’s excavations concentrated on extending pre-existing areas.
In Area 11 (southern part of the hill) the slight traces of the circuit wall, dating to the second half of the 11th century (running parallel to the late 12th century wall), were definitively identified. Several occupation phases datable to the middle centuries of the Middle Ages were documented together with a section of timber palisade that must have enclosed the entire hill during the life of the 9th-10th century village/farm (_curtis_).
Area 14, situated outside the castle curtain wall on the left side of the hill, was extended to the west. The excavations uncovered the continuation of the midden used during the castle’s occupation (late 10th -12th century) and the presence of various traces of the construction site for the building of the circuit walls.
The earlier medieval terraces were identified but not excavated. In 2015, excavations will begin with the investigation of the 8th century productive contexts, on which work was suspended at the end of this and the preceding campaign.
In Area 15 the excavation of the cemetery east of the ecclesiastical building (Quadrant B1) continued with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the stratigraphic deposits and therefore of the dating for the various phases of inhumations. At the southern edge of this sector of the excavation, the wall dating to the second half of the 13th century under which the burials continued was removed.
Area 18, situated immediately inside the curtain wall on the north side, was slightly extended towards the west to include the entirety of the buildings occupied between the late 10th and 12th centuries, most of which were excavated during previous seasons.
The investigation of the early medieval phases concentrated on the terracing along the curtain wall. Postholes attributable to a hut and other structures belonging to the 9th-10th century village were identified.
The excavation was completed of the 8th century warehouse in the north-east corner of the area that belonged to the blacksmith’s “quarter”, which mainly extended over the underlying terraces in Area 14.
Area 19 was extended north as far as the curtain wall in order to fully investigate a building dating to the late 9th-12th century, abutting the wall and situated close to the building excavated last season.
An alignment of large postholes running parallel to the curtain wall was identified, probably relating to the palisade that enclosed the hill when the 9th-10th century village/_curtis_ was occupied.
- Vittorio Fronza - Università di Siena
- Marco Valenti (Università di Siena)
- Valentina Galante - Università di Siena
- Dario Ceppatelli - Università di Siena
- Vasco La Salvia – Università G. D'Annunzio di Chieti-Pescara)
- Alessandra Nardini - Università di Siena
- Lisa Dall'Olio (Università di Siena)
- Veronica Mariottini - Università di Siena
- Manuele Putti - Università di Siena
- Stefano Bertoldi - Università di Siena
- Marie-Ange Causarano - Università di Siena
- Cristina Menghini - (Università di Siena)
- Insegnamento di Archeologia Medievale – Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti – Università degli Studi di Siena
- Comune di Chiusdino
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