A special day at the Medieval Bridge

On Saturday, the excavation team of Podere Cannicci moved towards the Ombrone river to carry out a digital survey of the remains of the Medieval bridge. This connected the coastal area of Maremma with Chiusi and Mount Amiata and it collapsed soon after to its destruction. The team was able to fully survey and map the walls of the bridge, and to understand several other features around.

A little bit of clearance from the vegetation allowed to map the structures with GPS and total station and Dr. Emanuele Mariotti was able to take some aerial pictures with his drone, showing the entireness of the reamins.

Quite a very productive day, with some very special surprises!

The remains of the Medieval bridge over the Ombrone river

Podere Cannicci – Day 5, 2020

Today, our archaeologists have worked tirelessly to expose the eastern side of the trench. We continued to remove the collapse and new alignments of stones were recorded. In the SE section of the excavation area, between USM 21 and 22, a possible floor was discovered; this is made up of small pebbles and we will continue to expose it.

On Saturday, we will be working on a different site of the project, while on Monday, we will continue to let you know what we are finding at Podere Cannicci.

Stay tuned!

Podere Cannicci – Day 4, 2020

The fourth excavation day was very productive.

Two other bronze coins were recovered; one is very neat and bears a helmeted head of Roma or Minerva and the prow of a galley. The coin is dated at the end of the 3rd century BC, and you can find a nice picture here.

In the meantime, the 2019 excavation area was cleared from the overgrown vegetation and the southern wall was fully exposed. During this activity, a good concentration of kitchenware and animal bones was found, together with a loom weight. Another wall was identified (USM 22), running E-W. These additions help to better define the plan of the complex that in the coming days will be fully exposed.

Saturday will be a special day at Podere Cannicci. Stay tuned to discover what our archaeologists have in mind!

Aerial picture of the excavation trench at the end of day 4

Podere Cannicci – Day 3, 2020

Today, the excavation presented us with some new surprises!

The removal of the collapse in the southern part of the area, just beyond the wall discovered yesterday (US 21), a new room of the building started to get shape. This room is located just south of the room with the dolia and further cleaning showed the presence of a cocciopesto floor; this is limited at the moment along the eastern section of the area and in the final part of the newly exposed room.

We will be waiting until tomorrow to better define this new space and to decide how to move forward with its excavation.

Podere Cannicci – Day 2, 2020

The first real day of excavations at Podere Cannicci gave some joys and some sorrows! The high temperature of the day (our sorrow!) was well compensated by some exciting discoveries.

The cleaning of the opening of the excavation area revealed the presence of a wall, and the team started to remove its collapse (US 2) which was already exposed last year. During the activities, two Roman bronze coins were found, one of which bearing the shape of the prow of a ship ,and a Janus bifrons. A preliminary date for the coin is around the second half of the 2nd century BC.

Tomorrow, we expect to have some new discoveries.

Podere Cannicci – Day 1, 2020

Today, the 2020 excavation season at Podere Cannicci started. The entire day was spent widening the Area 1000 from the last year, where the remains of a residential and functional building were discovered.

We have decided to enlarge this portion of the excavation as we want to uncover the extension of the complex, its different functions and the chronology for both the construction and the abandonment phases. Last year, we were able to run some c14 samples on the surviving beams and the carbonised table. This year, we hope to collect enough information to fully understand the building in the wider context of the vicus at Podere Cannicci. At this stage, we know that the complex was destroyed by a fire occurred sometimes in the first decades of the 1st century BC; nonetheless, the presence of limited terra sigillata and of an Imperial coin suggests a possible reoccupation of the structure.

Today, we also welcomed the excavation team. Benedetta Baleani, Cleo Barbafiera, Filippo Barthelemy, Maria Teresa Sgromo and Debora Tanganelli joined the project which is directed on field by Dr. Edoardo Vanni. Once again, we thank Luca Giannuzzi Savelli and the Ass. Cult. Odysseus for their generosity that allowed the continuation of the research.

The 2020 excavation area (red), and the 2019 Area 1000 (blue)

Virtual Exhibit

Hello everyone.

Today, September 21, we open the exhibit “Archeologia a Monteverdi. La media valle dell’Ombrone dal periodo etrusco a quello medievale” at Paganico. This is the first occasion to show you all the results of three years of investigations by the Impero Project.

We expect lots of people to come and visit us during an entire day dedicated to our research. We also know that many of you live abroad and it is not always easy to reach Italy from different parts of the world.

For this reason, we have created the Virtual Exhibit section of the website, where everyone from everywhere can visit the exhibition, read the panels and see the new videos that we created for the event.

We hope that you enjoy the exhibit!

Go to the dedicated webpage

New team member – Emanuele Mariotti

Impero Project is growing! We have just added a new team member, Dr. Emanuele Mariotti, our GIS and Remote Sensing specialist. He will be working on developing our GIS platform while conducting remote sensing and geophysical surveys both at Podere Cannicci and Castellaraccio di Monteverdi.

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 20

Very last day of excavation. Everybody is sad and happy at the same time. Happy for the end of a month of fatigue, early mornings and homesickness; sad because it is the end of the project, there are still many things to understand, dig and discover and because we will had to say goodbye to our great team.

The work was mostly focused in leaving Area 2000 ready for next year excavation, the stump was too stubborn and well anchored to the ground to be removed in the end but it is almost ready to go. We also dedicate the day to the last topographical documentation with the total station, recording the southern tower and taking the last needed points. Our surveyor, Emanuele Mariotti, came at lunchtime to record the last things in Area 1000. Megan organized and counted all the roof tiles fragments that we collected from the collapse, recognizing a small percentage of Roman/Classical pieces between bricks and roof tiles.