Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

The underwater coin deposit of Gran Carro, in Lake Bolsena

Sep 12, 2022, 5:00 PM
20m
Auditorium Maximum - Hall C

Auditorium Maximum - Hall C

on-line oral presentation S52. ROME 18. FINDS AND CIRCULATION 5

Speakers

Barbara Barbaro (Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la Provincia di Viterbo e per l’Etruria meridionale) Samuele Ranucci

Description

The Gran Carro settlement is known for the exceptional conservation of the remains on the bottom of Lake Bolsena. It has been the subject of research since 1959, but only recently has it been possible to prove that it includes three sectors: the currently submerged area, which contains the remains of pile-dwellings (First Iron Age, late 10th-9th century BC); the so-called Aiola, a wide elliptical structure formed of rough stones, interpreted provisionally as an outdoor ritual site (Late Bronze Age, 11th century BC); and an area on dry land (Middle Bronze Age, facies of Grotta Nuova).
Since 2020, underwater investigations have led to the discovery of dozens of Late Roman coins and a few bronze objects in an area of this site between the Aiola and the modern shore. The paper discusses the coin finds and examines the nature of the deposit.

Primary author

Co-author

Barbara Barbaro (Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la Provincia di Viterbo e per l’Etruria meridionale)

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