Census and mapping of all of the anthropic chambers

Spoltore, PE, Italia

From 01/03/2018 to 31/12/2018, Spoltore, Pescara

This project involves research on and a census of all of the anthropic chambers in both public and private properties located underground in the ancient settlement of Spoltore (PE) and in the fractions of Caprara and Villa Santa Maria, quantifying them, determining their dimension and identifying any actions that might need to be taken to ensure their safety, valorisation and reclamation. The Spoltore settlement is very old (evidence including finds from 25,000 to 20,000 years ago in the fraction of Cavaticchi, a Roman archaeological site under excavation in the fraction of Santa Teresa, the first written document dating to 972) and underground structures have already been identified in the oldest section, including cisterns, wells, granaries, oil presses, icehouses and many others still ‘talked about’ by the oldest residents. Around two years ago, an underground space was found beneath the floor of the crypt of the church of San Panfilo dentro Le Mura, which has been temporarily classified as an ossuary, but still needs to be studied and explored.


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