The lost cargos of Torre Santa Sabina and east-west routes in the ancient Mediterranean 


Torre Santa Sabina is a bay along the Apulian coast of Italy, near Brindisi (Roman Brundisium). 11,000 archaeological items, dating from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and the medieval period, have been recovered from the sea bottom since the  first underwater investigations in the 1970s. Stratigraphical excavations have been carried out since 2007 by the University of Salento, with the aim of understanding the sequence of layers traditionally related to the so-called "harbor dump". These excavations allowed us to recognize two distinct and overlapping cargos: the Late-Republican upper layerr (2nd century B.C.), and the Late-Archaic lower layer (end of the 6th century B.C.). Both of them show Eastern imports of fine wares and wine, mixed with local produce (oil and wine of Salento, but also Apulian and Southern Italy wares), and demonstrate the full inclusion of Salento in a network of contacts and exchanges in the ancient Mediterranean.


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The lost cargos of Torre Santa Sabina and east-west routes in the ancient Mediterranean . Rita Auriemma, Francesca Silvestrelli, Antonella Antonazzo, Carlo De Mitri, Maria Teresa Giannotta, Federica Mauro, Florinda Notarstefano. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428484)

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Temporal Keywords
archaic - roman age

Spatial Coverage

min long: 6.624; min lat: 36.649 ; max long: 18.513; max lat: 47.095 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 636