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  • Castello di Rontana
  • Monte di Rontana
  • castrum Rontanae
  • Italy
  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Province of Ravenna
  • Brisighella



  • 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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    • In September 2007 the first excavation campaign began in the castle of Rontana, a fortified settlement situated on Monte Rotana near Brisighella (Ravenna). The site lies within the territory of the Vena del Gesso Romagnola Park.

      The castrum of Rontana

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    • On the basis of the research undertaken to date and in order to provide answers to the many questions posed by the nature and lay out of the settlement, several areas in three different zones of the castle were chosen for investigation. The excavation was ... Read More
    • Between August and September 2009 the third excavation campaign took place in the castle of Rontana (Brisighella-RA), a fortified settlement for which the earliest evidence dates to the 10th century (960 A.D.).

      Four main trenches have been opened to dat

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    • Four excavation campaigns have been undertaken on the castle of Rontana between 2007 and 2010. The investigations concentrated on four main areas, situated in strategic positions for the comprehension and analysis of the site: the summit area (sector 1000)... Read More
    • The fifth campaign took place between August and September 2011.

      Two trenches were dug on the summit, on the west side and in the north-east corner, previously explored in 2007 and 2010. In order to gain an understanding of the building’s function, a ne

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    • This was the sixth excavation campaign at Rontana castle undertaken by the Archaeology Department of Bologna University and the Archaeological Superintendency of Emilia Romagna. Previous excavations were concentrated in four main areas situated on the summ... Read More
    • This season’s excavations concentrated on five different areas: on the summit, in the production quarter, in the residential quarter, along the defensive wall, and in the “borgo”.

      The most substantial evidence came from the edge of the settlement, where t

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    • This was the seventh campaign of excavations in Rontana castle. Investigations were undertaken in new sectors uncovering new evidence that improved understanding of the interior organisation of the site and defined the function of several areas. The first ... Read More
    • The 2015 excavations demonstrated that Rontana castle was founded by a rural community in the first half of the 10th century, in an area that had not been occupied by a permanent settlement (with the exception of a proto-historic use) prior to the medieval... Read More
    • This was the 10th excavation campaign at Rontana castle (Brisighella, Ra). In past years, traces were found indicating that the site was occupied prior to the date known from written sources (960 A.D.), towards the end of the 9th century. In the first phas... Read More
    • The most important discovery made during this season’s excavations in the castle of Rontana (Brisighella, RA) was that of two walls, bonded with strong mortar and over one metre wide. They were associated with a late 6th/early 7th century A.D. context, dat... Read More
  • 700 AD
  • 960 AD
  • 1591 AD