The excavation which concluded in 2002 was reopened in 2007.
The Neolithic settlement in contrada Santa Barbara is situated on the second sub-coastal rise at 1.5 km from the Adriatic coast. The site, already investigated in the mid 1970s, had two occupation periods.
During the first (VI-V millennium B.C.) a hut village was built (of which the post holes remain), surrounded, if only in certain tracts, by a ditch. In this period the organised community practised primitive agriculture and stock-raising in stalls. They also practised related and occasional activities such as hunting or craft-working, destined for the production of pottery and tools for everyday use.
In the second occupation period (mid IV millennium B.C.) a new generation of farmers appeared with a strong propensity for selective hunting and pottery production. They introduced artificial hypogea with complex structures, usually with entrances at the bottom deep trenches. The Manfredi hypogeum is the best example.
- Alfredo Geniola - Università degli Studi di Bari, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali e Scienze del Linguaggio
- Francesca Radina - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Puglia
- Rocco Sanseverino - Università degli Studi di Bari, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali e Scienze del Linguaggio
- Università degli Studi di Bari, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali e Scienze del Linguaggio della Sezione di Paletnologia – Consorzio Universitario Laboratorio Centro Aerofotografico
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