Saturday, November 05, 2011

Article: AIAC_2011 - Poggio Civitate

AIAC_2011 - Poggio Civitate

Poggio Civitate

  • Location: Poggio Civitate, Murlo
  • Comune: Murlo
  • Region: Toscana
  • Country: Italy



  • 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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The 2011 research season at Poggio Civitate consisted of multiple projects focusing on several different areas of the site and its immediate environs. Topographic survey work identified an ancient pathway leading from the Ombrone river to the arx of Poggio Civitate, the first such feature identified at the site that clearly relates to known ancient architectural features. In addition, GPS equipped survey teams also developed a detailed topographic map of Poggio Civitate and its surrounding area.

Rescue excavation and documentation of materials from an area near Classical and Hellenistic domestic architecture in the town of Vescovado di Murlo revealed the presence of a somewhat broader settlement in the Colombaio area of the town that previously recognized in the 2006 excavation of the area. This material consisted primarily of roofing material, domestic ceramics as well as fragmentary loom weights.

Finally, limited excavation continued on Poggio Civitate itself, focusing on the areas of the hill designated Civitate A and Civitate B. These areas preserve traces of evidence apparently related to the demolition of the Piano del Tesoro plateau in the 6th century BCE, consisting of large deposition pits containing a considerable amount of architectural debris. While most of the materials recovered from within these pits appears to be stylistically similar to the architectural forms associated with Piano del Tesoro's monumental Archaic Period Building, our current state of knowledge concerning the Civitate A and Civitate B deposition pits cannot as yet definitively associate this new material with that building, leaving open the possibility that additional buildings with a shared decorative program stood elsewhere on Poggio Civitate.

Summary Author

  • | Anthony Tuck - University of Massachusetts Amherst 


  • Anthony Tuck. 2011.


  • Director: Anthony Tuck - University of Massachusetts Amherst


  • Field director: Anthony Tuck - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Anthropologist: Kathrine Krindler - Standford University
  • Anthropologist: Sarah Kansa - University of California Berkeley
  • Architect: John Lannan - Nathan Sargent Inc.
  • Conservator: Steven Miller - Museum of London
  • Finds specialist: Teresa Huntsman - Washington University
  • GIS systems: Jevon Brunk - University of Siena
  • GIS systems: Taylor Oshan - University of Delaware

Research Body

  • Research Body: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Funding Body

  • Funding Body: University of Massachusetts Amherst
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