• Cantiere delle navi antiche di Pisa
  • Pisa, stazione ferroviaria di S. Rossore
  • Auser flumen
  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Pisa
  • Pisa


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    • This excavation is the result of a chance discovery. The site comprises a series of ancient riverbeds which must relate to the ancient river Auser (Serchio), the course of which moved progressively northwards partly due to a series of floods. The earlist traces of frequentation on the river bank date to between the 6th to 5th centuries B.C., after which a series of floods (to date five have been identified between the 2nd and at least the 7th centuries A.D.) deposited the relics of at least 21 boats in the river bend, some of which are amongst the best preserved from antiquity. (Andrea Camilli)
    • This study deals with the investigations conducted on a stratigraphical portion of the Pisa - San Rossore’s basin. It represent a lenght of a riverbed that was part of the compound harbour system of ancient Pisa, joining sea and river navigation. In the space of ten years of excavations, the site has given back finds dating from the 6th century BC to the 5th AD, expecially from the debris and the wrecks of several disastrous alluvial events. Recently, what seems a Late Roman alluvial deposit has been analitically studied, also with statistical tools. It has been payed attention expecially to those stratigraphical evidences that could lead to the reconstruction of the depositional and post-depositional dynamics causing the formation and the alteration of the sedimentary bodies. In our case study, the aim was to verify how much of information can be added by careful statistical analyses on the amount of pottery sherds, in order to reach an adeguate explanation of the formation processes: actually, the matter was to distinguish, in the pottery assemblage, the alluvial debris from the ceramics belonging to wrecks and, in this last group, the shipboard equipment from the pottery belonging to the cargo. Furthermore, another effort came up when it was understood that sherds could belong to shipwrecks sunk in different ages. So, the paper reports some considerations on the notion of residuality and on what could be a proper approach to it. Finally, it shows the most important results of this research, expecially dealing with the morphogenetical phenomena recognised and their meaning for a rebuilding of the historical and economic dynamics that involved the whole site.


    • Andrea Camilli. 2005. Il contesto delle navi antiche di Pisa. Un breve punto della situazione. FOLD&R Italy: 31.
    • Anna Ferrarese Lupi. 2008. Residuals, Remains of Alluvial Deposits and Shipwrecks in the Stratigraphical Basin of Pisa San Rossore. A sample from the 1998-1999’s excavations as a case study. FOLD&R Italy: 128.


    • A. Ferrarese Lupi, 2008, unpublished dissertation, Pisa San Rossore. Materiali da un deposito alluvionale di età romana imperiale, Tesi di Specializzazione in Archeologia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, a.a. 2006/07.
    • A. Camilli, A. De Laurenzi, E. Setari, 2006 (eds.), Pisa. Un viaggio nel mare dell’Antichità, Milano.
    • A. Camilli, 2005, Il contesto delle navi antiche di Pisa. Un breve punto della situazione, in FOLD&R: 31.