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Drawing on the expertise of the Commission consultative des recherches archéologiques à l’étranger (Consultative Commission on Archaeological Research Abroad), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGCID) is subsidizing nearly 160 archaeological missions (from palaeontology to the medieval period) in 65 countries. Among others:

- Campo delle Piane: Palethnology of an open air habitat in the Upper Paleolithic period in the Abruzzi
- La Castellina: An Etruscan city and its protohistoric origins.

Palaeo-ethnological studies of open-air settlements during the Upper Palaeolithic in the Abruzzi

In Italy, little is known of the open-air settlements of the hunters-gatherers of the Upper Palaeolithic. The objective of most studies is to analyze sites with natural shelters (caves or rocky shelters), of which there are many in the peninsula where mountains occupy most of the land. Yet, these hunters’ settlements were probably more diversified than the current state of knowledge might lead one to believe.

The objective of this work programme is to find open-air Epigravettian settlements of the end of the Palaeolithic period, in a sector of the Abruzzi, which has not been studied much to date, on the Adriatic side of the Apennines, in the province of Pescara.

An Etruscan city and its protohistoric origins near Civitavecchia

The Etruscan site of La Castellina is located in central Italy, near Civitavecchia, which is the main harbour of Rome and its region. This small, pre-Roman city is known for its surrounding wall made of beautiful cut stones, remains of monumental architecture, road and waterways network and water projects. Part of the necropolises around the hill and traces of places of worship within the town and outside the town also remain. The settlement established at the top of La Castellina presents a remarkable continuity of protohistoric times from the birth of the Etruscan culture until Romanization. Beginning in 1995, an excavation and search programme was launched at the initiative of CNRS and the University of Tübingen, with the support of the French foreign affairs ministry and the German Forschungsgemeinschaft, in close collaboration with the Italian regulatory bodies and with the participation of institutions, archaeologists and students from many centres and European universities.

Updated on 10.15.08



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