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  • Castello di Benabbio
  • Benabbio
  • Castrum Menabbii
  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Province of Lucca
  • Bagni di Lucca



  • 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)

  • This campaign deepened the excavation in the part of the castle opposite the façade of the church of San Michele. Phases relating to the site’s first incastellamento (12th century), preceded by levels with post holes associated with hearth remains, were identified.

    The archaeological evidence confirmed the hypothesis that the hilltop was occupied before the construction of the stone castle, probably between the 10th and 11th centuries. The investigations on the south hill revealed evidence that further defined the castrum phases, between the 12th and 15th centuries. In particular, new sections of the 12th century curtain wall, predating the quadrangular tower cistern (13th century) were exposed at the southern edge of the excavation.

  • Antonio Fornaciari - Università di Pisa, Divisione di Paleopatologia 


  • Gino Fornaciari - Istituto di Paleopatologia Università di Pisa


  • Francesco Coschino - Università di Pisa. Divisione di Paleopatologia

Research Body

  • Università degli Studi di Pisa, Divisione di Paleopatologia

Funding Body

  • Comune di Bagni di Lucca
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca


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