“Anforette” e produzioni ceramiche altomedievali da una corte regia nel Mediterraneo tirrenico. Indagini archeologiche a Vetricella (Scarlino, GR)


Author: Louise Russo
Year of printing: 2023
ISBN: 9788892851450
e-ISBN: 9788892851467


Amphorae are a category of finds whose name refers to the most widespread transport container of the classical era, the amphora, but they differ from this above all in their small size and short-medium distribution range. Already known in the panorama of studies on medieval ceramics in common use in central Tyrrhenian Italy, the amphorae have so far been found, both through stratigraphic and surface investigations, in rather limited numbers. The Vetricella site (Scarlino, GR), however, at the center of the ERC Advanced nEU-Med project: Origins of a new economic union (7th-12th centuries): resources, landscapes and political strategies in a Mediterranean region, has returned a very considerable quantity. The volume proposes, in addition to an update of the discoveries of amphorae made in the area between southern Tuscany and upper Lazio, an in-depth study of these finds according to both a traditional and archaeometric approach. Thanks to the nEU-Med project, in fact, it was possible to carry out analyzes of provenance, absolute dating and any organic residues of the original contents. At the same time, we also tried to provide an idea of ​​the general ceramic context in which these artefacts are inserted. The data resulting from the various aspects of the research have therefore made it possible to increase the intrinsic cognitive potential of the amphorae and to add important elements for the reconstruction of the socio-economic dynamics that characterized south-western Tuscany between the early Middle Ages and the central centuries.

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  • Introduzione

I. le “anforette”: conoscenze pregresse

II. Il caso studio di Vetricella, una corte regia altomedievale nella Toscana meridionale. La storia del sito alla luce delle recenti evidenze archeologiche

III. Metodologia di studio

  • 3.1Premessa metodologica
  • 3.2Classificazione degli impasti
  • 3.3Analisi archeometriche

IV. Le “anforette” di Vetricella (I)

  • 4.1I contesti di rinvenimento
  • 4.2Descrizione forme e tipi
  • 4.3Catalogo
  • Tavole e Apparato fotografico
  • 4.4Considerazioni generali

V. Il contesto ceramico di Vetricella

  • 5.1La ceramica grezza (II)
  • 5.1.1 Descrizione forme e tipi
  • 5.1.2 Catalogo
  • Tavole e Apparato fotografico
  • 5.2La ceramica semidepurata (III)
  • 5.2.1 Descrizione forme e tipi
  • 5.2.2 Catalogo
  • Tavole e Apparato fotografico
  • 5.3La ceramica depurata (IV)
  • 5.3.1 Descrizione forme e tipi
  • 5.3.2 Catalogo
  • Tavole e Apparato fotografico
  • 5.4Breve discussione generale
  • 5.5Anforette, altri reperti ceramici e stratigrafia: due contesti a confronto. Acroma grezza, semidepurata e depurata  dall’edificio centrale e da un sondaggio nel fossato interno

VI. Le analisi

  • 6.1La provenienza: analisi mineralogico-petrografiche e pXRF
  • 6.2La datazione: analisi alla termoluminescenza
  • 6.3Il contenuto: analisi dei residui organici
  • 6.3.1 Il volume: rilievo 3D

VII. Per riassumere

VIII. Conclusioni



Additional information

Weight :1,320 kg
Dimensions:29x21x2,1 cm

Number and series

36, Biblioteca di Archeologia Medievale

Place of printing

Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

Year of printing






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