La Sassa faunal remains

The Copper Age layers [caption id="attachment_808" align="alignleft" width="300"] Copper Age faunal remains[/caption] The Copper Age layers of Grotta La Sassa have yielded around 1000 zooarchaeological remains. Only 288 could be attributed to species/taxon, with slightly less than half the identified specimens belonging to dog/wolf. This evidence shows that the stratigraphy…

Sites

Agro Pontino Frasso [caption id="attachment_629" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Frasso site[/caption] Frasso is a site in the Agro Pontino. A thin tephra layer embedded in peat has been found at 1.10m depth, . Samples for pollen analysis have been taken in June 2016 and will be processed soon. Samples for macrofossil…

Macrobotany

[caption id="attachment_625" align="alignleft" width="225"] The ash layers in the test pit[/caption] The macrobotanical research involves the analysis of larger botanical remains, such as seeds, fruits, leaves, roots and wood. Macrofossils are generally best preserved in wet circumstances. Samples are taken from clean sections and processed in the lab. Therefore a…

Palynology

[caption id="attachment_620" align="alignleft" width="300"] The laboratory[/caption] Ideally pollen diagrams are derived from samples taken from peat or lake sediments. The formation of peat and lake sediments is well known. Both peat and lake sediments are formed by accumulation processes. Peat is formed by the accumulation of partially decayed vegetation matter.…

La Sassa human bones

  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…

La Sassa project

The project After the discovery of the cave, all the sherds and bones on the surface, more than 500, were collected and are now being processed. A 3D scan of the cave was made with the kind collaboration of C. Tamburri, to enable the high-quality spatial localization of artifacts. Two joint excavations…

La Sassa potsherds

The 2015 campaign   In 2015, some potsherds were collected inside the cave, on the surface. The potsherd n. 1 has been found in room 1; all the others come from rooms 3 and 4. The inclination of the bowl n. 1 is uncertain since the presence of the handle…

Scientific output

Publications Alessandri L., 2018, The early and Middle Bronze Age (1/2) in South and central Tyrrhenian Italy and their connections with the Avellino eruption: An overview, Quaternary International, doi: doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2018.08.002 Romboni M., De Angelis F., Cortese F., Romano E., Rolfo M. F., Rickards O., Alessandri L. 2018, Diet, lifestyle and disease in a Copper Age community from La…

Scientific quality

This research program is designed to test a clear hypothesis – that a refugee population from Campania settled in the south Lazio coastal plains immediately after the Avellino eruption – by tracing the environmental and cultural effects that such a population influx would have caused. For the most part it…
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