Extract from the issue XLIV of the journal «Medieval Archeology».
The volume illustrates the results of the excavation campaigns conducted from 2010 to 2016 by the University of Pisa in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendence of Tuscany (until 2015) at the site of the Oratory / Le Muriccia (Capraia e Limite, Florence). The investigations made it possible to identify the remains of a large villa founded in the mid-fourth century on the remains of a previous structure and probably belonged at this stage to Senator Vettio Agorio Pretestato, one of the most important figures of late ancient Rome. The complex is characterized in particular by the presence of a hexagonal structure with polychrome mosaic carpets, which finds comparisons in Rome and Constantinople in large imperial monumental triclinias and high officials. The villa was enlarged in the fifth century, probably following a change of ownership, only to be abandoned in the first half of the sixth century and despoiled in the seventh century. The work also collects the study of masonry techniques, finds and mosaic carpets, as well as the results of a series of archaeometric analyzes applied to building elements.