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Archaeological Survey

  • Italy
  • Basilicate
  • Province of Matera
  • Policoro


  • This survey project was carried out in the framework of the Forma Italiae series belonging to the Rome school of Ancient Topography, and resulted in an accurate inventory of archaeological sites of mainly urban and rural standing monuments but also some scatters of artefacts visible at the surface accompanied by maps, photographs and descriptions.

Project Dates

  • 1961 - 1963


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  • 3400 BC
  • 2300 BC
  • 1000 AD

Survey Method

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  • Topographic survey for a census of archaeological sites, mainly urban and rural standing monuments. The territory known with the name of Siritide was explored through a non-systematic extensive survey by Quilici over six months of fieldwork during the summer seasons of 1961, 1962 and 1963. In total 144 archaeological sites were identified mainly corresponding to ancient structures, building ruins, toponyms, but also some surface scatters of archaeological material (e.g. concentrations of pottery sherds, fragments of bricks and tiles). Site locations were registered on IGM maps (1:100,000 and 1:25,000) and site descriptions were provided (both published in Quilici 1963).

Research Focus

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Other Comments

  • This record has been produced by the FASTI Online Survey team
  • Gain understanding of settlement patterns and land organization providing insight into the economy of the classical countryside and its relation to Greek and Roman urban centers. The aim was to form a register and map of several archaeological sites present in the countryside of the ancient centers of Siris and Heraclea.

Funding Body

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  • Fulbright scholarship - American Academy in Rome; Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Research Institution

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  • Istituto di Topografia Antica dell'Università di Roma (Director Prof. Lorenzo Quilici)


  • Director
    • Lorenzo Quilici