PEATS ITALY – Urban Punic – Roman Settlement Excavation

PEATS ITALY Urban Punic – Roman Settlement Excavation

Number of UK Participants: TBC
Duration: 32 days

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NEW SITE – more information forthcoming

We are excited to be able to offer another new site with one of our hosts. Etruria Nova are excavating the site of Nova, Sardinia.

The archaeological campaign in the 2020 season will take place in the neighbourhood of North Western Side of Nora, located in front of the harbour. The area, close to the Macellum and Small Baths, is occupied by the houses/shops build in the middle and late imperial period.

The group will be joining the team on these excavations, but there will also be post excavation work in the site laboratories. The group will either choose which lab they want to work in, or there will be a rota.

The group will be in shared self catering accommodation. The group will use public transport unless the host organises otherwise.

Daily work schedule is

07.30 Leave for the excavation site
8.00 Arrive at the excavation, set up equipment and plan daily workflow
10. 15 – 10.30 15 minutes break
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
16.30 Return to residence

Excursions will be organised and offered by the host each week. The last few days will be for exploring the area before departing.

Background and Site

A few km from Cagliari and within the town of Pula, the sunken city of Nora is considered one of the oldest towns in Sardinia.
The archaeological site of Nora enjoys a scenic location on the sea front, situated on the capo di Pula between two hills: Sa Punta and Su Coloru and Coltellazzo, dominated by the Spanish Tower.

The peninsula has hosted the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans, all of whom transformed the scenario, leaving traces of their occupation, until the Middle Ages, when the city was abandoned after the Arab invasions.
Today the most easily visible are the Roman ruins: beautiful mosaics, temples (the most important among them is the Temple of Aesculapius), patrician villas, cobbled streets, the baths and the famous theatre of Nora (from

The 2019 season has included the stratigraphic analysis of the structures of the western slopes of the Colle of Tanit, and further investigations in the C2 area, that was already researched during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Investigations have brought to light an abandonment phase under structural remains dated to a poor construction phase in soil and wood. Preliminary analysis of the materials found in those contexts can reveal a dating range between the 4th century and 6th century AD.
In the central part of the test pit (trench?), partial removal of floors and ruins has allowed the archaeologists to find a vertical pit, only partially filled and sealed in ancient times, that led to an underground room, which, together with the stratigraphy preserved within it, will be the object of study during the 2020 season. translated from HTTP://WWW.FASTIONLINE.ORG/MICRO_VIEW.PHP?ITEM_KEY=FST_CD&FST_CD=AIAC_3026

The Erasmus + grant will cover accommodation, food (3 meals a day), return, flights, insurance, transport to site and supervision. Participants will have to make sure they have their EHI card and budget for personal purchases and excursions.
If you are interested in this placement, then the application form is available to download on the PEATS Archaeology main page.
For past participants feedback, please refer to our Participants Reports page

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission
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