Fondi (Latina)


September 2006


Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le province di Frosinone, Latina e Rieti


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The field walking survey of the territory of Fondi has been carried out within the activities of the Chair of Archaeologic Research Methodology (Prof. G. Olcese) at Sapienza - Università di Roma. It 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, indeed, is located in an agricultural area that produced highly appreciated wines: the Caecubum and the Fundanian. 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 was focused on the verification of the production areas previously indicated; it also aimed at a better knowledge and (typological, epigraphic and archaeometric) 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.



Map of the investigated territory of Fondi.