Location: Populonia, Livorno, Italy
The Archeodig Project was born in 2008 with the purpose of designing, managing and coordinating archaeological excavations. The research is structured as school/field work for the training of students, young archaeologists and volunteers, both Italians and foreigners.
The Archeodig’s main objective of is to fill as many of the gaps as possible in our knowledge of the history of Populonia and its territory, from the late Etruscan period to the late Roman age. Populonia, located in the region of Italy once known as Etruria, was one of the most important Etruscan cities, the only one overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was for centuries one of the most flourishing centres of iron smelting and trade in the whole of Mediterranean.
Populonia is composed by a lower city, an area centred on the port and on the metallurgical activities (located outside the city walls), and an upper city, the Acropolis, with the houses and the temples, on the summit of the promontory. In the lower city are the monumental tombs (tumuli and aedicule-shaped) of the San Cerbone necropolis (7th-4th centuries B.C.E.)
The purpose of the research is to investigate a portion of the lower city still intact, where it have been identified traces of an early Roman building for iron smelting activity and, underneath, a portion of the Etruscan necropolis.
Period(s) of Occupation: From Etruscan (7th century BCE) to Roman Age (1st century CE)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Room and Board Arrangements
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G. De Tommaso, Populonia. A city and its territory. Guide to the Archaeological Museum of Piombino, 2004, Tavarnelle V.P. (FI).
A. Zifferero (ed.), L'archittettura funeraria a Populonia tra IX e VI secolo a.C.. Atti del convegno (Castello di Populonia, 30-31 Ottobre 1997), 2000, Firenze.
F. Fedeli, A. Galimberti, A. Romualdi, Populonia e il suo territorio. Profilo storico-archeologico, 1993, Firenze.
F. Fedeli, Populonia e il suo territorio, 1983, Firenze.