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  • Gravina in Puglia



    • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

      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)

    • During excavation of the necropolis six tombs were uncovered in trench 39. Of the five that were excavated, four were grouped in the southern part of the trench. As no evidence of other burials appeared in the eastern edge of the trench, it seems that the number of tombs decreased in this direction indicating that the limit of the necropolis must have been close by.

      All the tombs were “a cappuccina”, their upper parts emerging at a depth of 0.50 m. The bodies lay directly on a tile surface, in one case the head was supported on several tile fragments. With the exception of two tombs, one an east-west alignment and the other an infant burial further to the north, the burials appeared to be arranged on a north-north-east/south-south-west alignment. In the infant burial numerous nails were found along the sides of the tomb, indicating that the child was buried in a wooden coffin. Amongst the grave goods were a coin of the Emperor Trajan, found near the deceased’s chest, an intact beaker by the feet and a terracotta lamp. The lamp dates to the 2nd century A.D., is stamped with the makers name on its underside and the relief decoration on the disc shows a bearded male figure wearing a long tunic.

      The excavations undertaken in the late antique building revealed two masonry bases, 5 m apart, situated outside the central part of the structure on the south side. These relate to the supports for the portico that ran along the building’s south façade.

    • MiBAC 


    • Alastair M. Small - University of Edinburgh, School of history and Classics


    • Angela Ciancio - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Puglia
    • Giuseppina Canosa - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Puglia

    Research Body

    • University of Edinburgh, School of history and Classics

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