Contributions by E. Bellatalla, M. Biagini, A. Cagnana, F. Chiocci, L. Gambaro, E. Giannichedda, R. Giovinazzo, L. Grasso, S. Negri, M. Rottoli.
Research conducted byIstituto di storia della cultura materiale of Genoa (ISCUM) in the Filattiera area from the very beginning have been organized in an organic multidisciplinary and multiperiodal survey project. Over the years, excavations have been carried out in the five locations considered most important to clarify the local settlement dynamics. This had the first result of recognizing the frequency of abandonment of a locality in favor of another not far away, with the consequent succession of different sites, each of which active only for a short period between the Roman age and the fourteenth century. in which the current structure of the territory is stabilized. The volume, which inaugurates a new series dedicated to the archeology of the ancient diocese of Luni, presents for the first time in a complete manner what has been identified in ten excavation campaigns in the Filattiera Sorano area where, not far from the parish church of Santo Stefano, currently during the investigation, the oldest known settlement sequence in the area was recognized. Among the eleven identified phases, including various periods of abandonment and ruralization, the most important are that relating to a farm built in the first century AD and then modified in the following centuries to increase its road function, and that marked by the remains of a village of huts active between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries and destroyed by a fire which has, among other things, preserved an exceptional paleobotanical documentation. If the excavation made it possible for the first time to recognize the constructive characteristics and organization of spaces in a rustic Lunigiana settlement, the study of the different classes of finds has led to the acquisition of significant elements for the study of production, trade and consumption and for the organization of the entire Apennine territory between Tuscany, Liguria and Emilia.