The field walking survey of the territory of Fondi, coordinated by G. Olcese and carried out by collaborators and students (University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Chair of Archaeologic Research Methodology), in accordance with the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of Lazio, has arisen from a project aimed at a systematic examination of the production areas of amphorae and the production of wine in southern Lazio between the 4th century BC and the 1st century AD.

Fondi mappa Territorio di Fondi
The territory of Fondi   View of the landscape of Fondi

The thriving wine production, from the end of the 3rd-beginning of the 2nd century BC up to the early Imperial Age, is testified by the finding of large amounts of fragments of amphorae, among which also kiln wastes, in three sites in the plain of Fondi: Canneto, Monte S. Biagio and Torre S. Anastasia.

The survey of September 2006 was focused on the verification of the production areas previously indicated (Hesnard-Lemoine 1981); it also aimed at a better knowledge and (typological, epigraphic and archaeometrical) characterization of the amphorae produced. A further aim of the work is to establish connections between the area of Fondi and the cargoes of some shipwrecks found in the central-southern Tyrrhenian area, in the south of France and in Spain.


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Concentration of surface materials in the site of Canneto   Fragmentary amphora found in the site of Canneto


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