The Archeodig Project was established in 2008 to help manage and coordinate archaeological excavations of coastal Etruria in order to understand and reconstruct the history of the areas ancient settlements from the prehistoric age to the beginning of the medieval era. Research is structured in the form of a field school for the training of students, young archaeologists and volunteers, both Italian and foreign.
The archaeological excavations coordinated by the Archeodig Project are:
The Roman settlement of Poggio del Molino in the territory of Populonia (Piombino – LI), with the Late Republican fort, the Julio-Claudian farm and adjoining handicraft factory for the production of fish sauce, the Antonine maritime villa and Late Antiquity inhabitation.
The Etruscan Necropolis of San Cerbone - Casone in the Gulf of Baratti (Populonia - LI), with tumuli and aediculae-shaped, monumental tombs, used from the 7th to the 4th century BCE and an industrial building used for iron smelting between the 4th and 2nd centuries BCE.
The Protohistoric Necropolis of Parrana San Martino (Collesalvetti – LI), a field of urns, a cremation necropolis dating from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. Up to a hundred Burials have so far been identified and include a wide variety of vase shaped urns with decorative syntax and funerary objects.
Unearthing Ancient History in Tuscany
In the process of reconstructing the historical and economic context of the area, our research will employ the following archaeological disciplines;
- Etruscan & Roman archaeology
- Medieval archaeology
- History of production
- History of ancient architecture
- History of ancient landscapes
- History of ancient trade
- Theory & techniques of conservation
- Landscape survey