Location: Rionero in Vulture, Italy
The Vultur Project is an archaeological investigation of the Vulture zone of the Lucanian Frontier as a sphere of pre-Roman cultural interaction and Late Roman stability. The project consists of an extensive survey of the Rionero-Atella area and the excavation of a Roman villa/baths/cemetery complex located near a medieval church called Torre degli Embrici. The survey aims to identify sites of particular importance and to supply data for an analysis of settlement nucleation and land-use from the Early Iron Age to the Late Roman period. The excavation aims at determining the duration of the site's use, it's economic importance, and to gain a glimpse of the everyday lives of the people that inhabited it.
The Vulture was the gateway from the north to the mountainous region of Basilicata and to the ancient arterial of the Ofanto valley. Thus, this region was a main route connecting the complex systems of the Ofanto with the more isolated mountains. The route was used by Bronze Age polities, Peuketiantes, Lucanians, Romans and Goths in succession. What is particularly attractive about the Vulture region, other than the wealth of archaeological material in the area, is that the conditions of sociocultural formations and negotiation which are unique to the frontier enviroment are very likely to be here, both highly magnified and unusually well-preserved in the archaeological record.
Period(s) of Occupation: Pre-Roman to Late Roman
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks
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Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none