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Rebuilding coastal palaeo-landscapes in Apulia (Southern Italy).

Author(s): Giuseppe Mastronuzzi ; Rita Auriemma ; Fabrizio Antonioli ; Marco Anzidei

Year: 2013

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Summary

The coastal landscape of Southern Apulia from Monopoli to Tarantois are characterised by gently sloping rocky coasts marked by deep rias and bays alternating with low cliffs. The presence in the past of small villages, landing places, structured harbours or cities are today witnessed along the coastline by archaeological sites both submerged and emerged.

The position of quarries, tombs, sewer channels, cisterns, piers, fish tanks and shipwrecks of the Bronze Age, Classical and medieval periods have been surveyed through topographic measurements to evaluate their precise elevations with respect to the present mean sea level and the tidal range. The study of the archaeological sites of Torre San Vito, Egnatia, Torre Guaceto, San Cataldo, Otranto, Porto Cesareo, Torre Ovo and Torre Saturo facilitated the development of a new dataset used to improve the current estimate of the eustatic sea level curve relative to the last 5ka for this region.   


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Rebuilding coastal palaeo-landscapes in Apulia (Southern Italy).. Giuseppe Mastronuzzi, Rita Auriemma, Fabrizio Antonioli, Marco Anzidei. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428487)


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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 718

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America