San Clemente a Casauria. Archeologia e restauri


Author: Andrea R. Staffa, Nicola Mattoscio
Year of printing: 2017
ISBN: 9788878148499
e-ISBN: 9788878148505

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Extract from the XLIV issue of the journal «Medieval Archeology».

The study proposes the results of 25 years of excavations and archaeological research (1988-2013) on the site of the famous abbey of San Clemente a Casauria in the Pescara river valley (Castiglione a Casauria, Pescara), the most important monastic center in the whole of Abruzzo , founded between 871 and 873 by the emperor Ludovico II to garrison the southern borders of the empire. The investigations have brought to light various burials referable to two burial grounds, one referable to late antiquity and linked to epigraphic testimonies put back in place in the Middle Ages in the pavement of the abbey church, the other to the early Middle Ages, connected with all evidence to the most ancient phases of the monastic allocation. Some remains have also been brought to light by way of prudent hypothesis connected to the pre-existence on the site of an early medieval church prior to the abbey, mentioned by Chronicon Casauriense with the title of S. Quirico, and above all various testimonies and archaeological levels relating to wooden structures referable to the first plant of the monastic complex, of which some parts remained in wood until the XNUMXth century. The excavations conducted also make it possible to propose a first reconstruction of the structure of the abbey complex in the phases of IX-XI preceding the great phase of reconstruction by Abbot Leonate (mid-XII century). The presence of a central church, later rebuilt between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, of settlement and organizational structures connected to a cloister in the area immediately to the E, to other structures immediately to the NW of the church, to which be connected to a residence of the abbots which collapsed in the XNUMXth century, and to other perhaps functional or residential structures immediately to the W and SW, and finally to other structures on the right NE of the church.

The Romanesque church of S. Clemente a Casauria was the first monument in Abruzzo to be restored and inaugurated exactly two years after the earthquake that devastated Abruzzo in 2009. The volume is accompanied by a conspicuous iconographic material on the recovery interventions and works restoration after the earthquake, completed in November 2010, and the return of the monument to citizenship thanks to funding from the Pescarabruzzo Foundation.

Presentazione, di Sauro Gelichi

Prefazione, di Nicola Mattoscio

Dall’abitato antico di Interpromium alla grande abbazia altomedievale e medievale di S. Clemente a Casauria. Scavi e ricerche archeologiche 1988-2013 (estratto da «Archeologia Medievale», XLIV, 2017), di Andrea R. Staffa

Il restauro di S. Clemente a Casauria: una sintesi, di Nicola Mattoscio

  • Documentazione fotografica
  • Prima e dopo il sisma
  • Le fasi principali del restauro
  • L’Abbazia restaurata

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Weight :0,306 kg
Dimensions:29x21x0,5 cm


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