Archaeological and archaeometric study on Ischia and on the Gulf of Naples allowed to deepen some important questions related to the production and trade of the area, such as the role played by the exportation of wine from the Gulf and the need of normalize/standardize the container with new types of amphorae (the Graeco-Italic amphorae), or the changes following the Foedus Aequum of 326 B.C.



- Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per l'area metropolitana di Napoli

- Thyssen Stiftung (1999 - 2002)

- MIUR, FIRB Project RBNE03KWMF "Immensa Aequora. Ricostruire i commerci nel Mediterraneo in epoca ellenistica e romana attraverso nuovi approcci scientifici e tecnologici” (2005 - 2011)


For the presence of vineyards and rock-cut units, as well as for the production of wine amphorae during all phases of island life, Ischia, in particular, represents a perfect area for the study of the entire ancient production cycle, from the cultivation phase of the vine, to the production of the containers and trade, from the Greek colonization until the Late Antique period.

The collaboration with Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per l'area metropolitana di Napoli has also allowed the organization of several seminars of ceramic and anphoric finds on the island, organized between 2012 and 2017 and conducted within the course of the Methodology of Archaeological Research (Prof. .ssa G. Olcese) of Sapienza - University of Rome.

The research carried out concerns various activities, focusing on:



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View of Monte Vico, Ischia.


Map of Ischia and Gulf of Naples (re-elaboration from Olcese, Iliopoulos, Giunta in Olcese (ed.), "Immensa Aequora Workshop", 2013, p. 50).


Poster of the seminar on the ceramic materials from Ischia.


Mineral resources of Ischia: traces of iron and alunite.