Campaigns 2014 and 2015
Few human bones have been collected in 2014 and in 2015. Bones from rooms 3 and 4 have been collected on the surface. Bones from room 2 have been collected in a small shallow depression, probably dug by animals.
Room 2 – twelve fragments of parietal and temporal bones (1); two distal femoral epiphyses (right and left), probably belonging to the same individual (4, 5); one proximal phalanx of the foot (3); one thoracic vertebra (2). A radiocarbon date on bone 5 gives 4000±35 (GrA-64828, 2619-2462 calBC, IntCal13, OxCal 4.2), into Copper Age.
Room 3 – one small fragment of parietal bone (6); one right proximal humeral epiphysis (7). Associated with MBA2 potsherds.
Room 4 – three fragments of parietal bone (8). Associated with MBA2 potsherds.
Campaigns, 2016 and 2017
In 2016, the inner portion of room 2 has been completely excavated until a limestone concretion floor. Hundreds of human bones have been found in a chaotic assemblage with few (not diagnostic) ceramic fragments (SU 19). In the West portion of the room 2, a Middle Bronze Age layer (MBA 1/2) covered a small cultual pit with few little human bones and a flint arrow. Also in the central part of the room 1 a chaotic assemblage of human bones (SU 55) has been excavated, just below a Middle Bronze Age (MBA 1/2) layer. All the bones, more than 1000, are being processed at the archaeological laboratory of the University of Rome Tor Vergata by dr. F. De Angelis, F. Cortese and M. Romboni.
Caprolace salt production
La Sassa faunal remains
La Sassa human bones
La Sassa project
La Sassa potsherds