During the 2012 season, the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project focused on the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla, 35 kilometers northeast of Florence. The goal is the continued study of the sanctuary that occupied the plateau of Poggio Colla from the 8th through the 2nd centuries BCE.
Excavation continued on the slope north west of the acropolis, where evidence of Etruscan quarrying has been documented. The study of this area, directed by Prof. Phil Perkins (Open University, UK) and working under the umbrella of the MVAP permit, continued its focus on an Orientalizing (7th c. BCE) quarry. Ceramic evidence from this area suggests that there was some activity here as early as the 8th century BCE.
Work also contininued on the acropolis in three areas that seemed likely to clarify the complex history of construction of the sanctuary. One result is the documentation of several rooms on the west side of the acropolis that housed pithoi for the storage of grain. The pithoi date to the site’s latest phase. At lower levels there is additional evidence for the site’s earliest monumental phase, a phase that has remained elusive parts of the foundations seem to have been robbed out and re-used for later buildings. For the first time, a section of a Phase I foundation has been discovered on the south side of the acropolis.
Work by Dr. Katy Rask (Ohio State University) centers on the study of the foundations of a sizeable altar in the center of the acropolis courtyard. Dr. Rask has carefully documented evidence of possibly ritual in the area of the altar. She will present her findings at the AIA annual meetings in early January 2013. Project co-director Michael Thomas recently (2012) published the deposit of one hundred victoriati discovered on the acropolis in 2001; this article includes considerations of the chronology and destruction of Poggio Colla.
- Michael L. Thomas - University of Texas at Austin
- Gregory Warden - Southern Methodist University – Division of Art History
- Ann Steiner - Franklin and Marshall College
- Gretchen Meyers - Franklin and Marshall College
- Franklin and Marshall College
- Southern Methodist University
- The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology
- The University of Texas at Austin
- Kress Foundation
- Poggio Colla Field School
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