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Area archeologica di Amiternum
 SAN VITTORINO (AQ) - Area of archaeological Amiternum



On this mountain near Avezzano (AQ) were also numerous prehistoric findings in the nearby Happy Ciccio cave.

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Responsible: Dott.ssa R.Tuteri

The archaeological site consists of a large sanctuary, in a village, in two areas of the cemetery in an area crossed by roads and in a production site (limekiln). The area now included in the archaeological park was destined to the sanctuary in ancient times, enclosed within a sacred enclosure and built on two terraces:  on the major  we find are the remains of temples dedicated to Hercules in Roman Italic and Jupiter in Roman times,  the temple of goodness was placed on the smaller lower terrace (Ceres and Venus), whose findings are exhibited at the Documentation Centre.

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Responsible: Dott. V. D'Ercole

The vast necropolis of Fossa has been the subject of numerous excavations that have so far brought to light about 500 graves explored in an area of over 2000 square meters.; The different types of graves, and equipments  document the characteristics of the different phases of use of the necropolis. In the first phase (VIII-IX sec.aC) identified in the early Iron Age, the type of graves are characterized by a strong monumentality: huge graves  are installed in the area, bounded by circles of stones, of variable-size between eight and fifty feet in diameter, intended for adults. With the late Hellenistic period (II-I century BC.) A return to well-represented monumental forms is documented,  chamber tombs made of stone and subterranean, for the deposition of more individuals. Among the objects found in burial tombs there are death  beds made of wood and leather items decorated by foil bone finely worked. The relics are kept in the New Museum of Celano Marshes - Muse (AQ) - Town Paludi

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Responsible Campanelli Frazione Albe

The ancient Latin colony of Alba Fucens was founded by the Romans in 303 BC, in the territory of the Equi, north of Lake Fucino, in an environment and landscape of great beauty. The excavations conducted by researchers from Belgium, since 1949, have brought to a part of the town, surrounded by polygonal walls and divided into regular blocks in which the public and private buildings are located. On the slopes of the hill of St. Peter, on which stood the temple of Apollo later turned into a church, the amphitheater was built in the early first century. d. C.

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On the outskirts of Prata Ansidonia stands  the ancient city of Peltuinum built by the Vestini. You can see the walls and part of the western gate and the theater that is strangely  located outside the walls. You can also see what the town square was with the basis of a temple which was probably dedicated to Apollo. The city of Peltuinum was crossed by the Claudia Nova Road, which corresponds to the cattle track. We preserve the remains of long stretches of walls and also part of Of the public buildings certificated by the sources, live preserve only the theatre of the Augustian age, which, unusually, is outside the walls. The auditorium cave a as in Amiternum, is obtained in part by exploiting the natural slope and has a diameter of 58m.

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Responsible: Dott.ssa R. Tuteri

The archaeological site of the Roman city of Amiternum is divided into two areas related to the theater and the amphitheater divided by the river Aterno. The area occupied by the city is bordered to the north and south  by the areas destined to the necropolis of which there are remains of the funerary monuments of great wealth. In the early imperial  age the construction of the theatre brought to the functional adjustment of the settlement. In the second half of the century, the amphitheater was built which preserves the entire ellipse. The brickwork is related to the construction phase, while striking  operations of restoration and consolidation of the structures are dated to the second and fourth centuries.

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Responsible: R. Tuteri

On the slopes of Mount Morrone, you can see the ruins of the sanctuary of Hercules: built on several terraces, according to the canons of contemporary construction and structural shrines of Lazio. It keeps tracks of arcades, of vaulted environments, with monumental staircases and, in the temple or thesaurus  placed on the upper terrace, some wall paintings and mosaics of the Hellenistic tradition. In the sixties wonderful gifts given to Hercules were discovered, including the statue of Lysippus art depicting Hercules in relax.

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On the mountain above the village of Bomba (CH) numerous archaeological findings have been found Italic bronze statues and other ornaments.  Findings of megalithic walls dating from the fifth century BC are still visible.  On an imposing overlooking the majestic valley of the Sangro, in a place of great strategic importance and in a splendid landscape position, there are the majestic walls of polygonal, a circuit visible for 160 feet in some places kept for the considerable height of almost 5 meters, in which there are three narrow doors. The powerful fortification, probably  erected by the ancient Lucani of the Sangro, contained a number of appearances in it, including the settlement in the south valley porch with a hole surrounded by circles, which has suffered over many centuries, various stages of use perhaps even II from BC until the fourth A.D.

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Closed for renovations, reopening soon

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Responsible: Dott.ssa A. Campanelli

The National Archaeological Museum La Civitella is located within the Roman amphitheater, park built in the area that gone hospitality up to twenty years ago to the Town Stadium. The new institution, open since November 2000, shows, through a path of modern design and use, the materials and documents relevant to the archaeological reconstruction and of the birth and development of the city of Teate Marrucinorum (Chieti), and its territory.

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The theater Teate Marrucinorumwas built in the I century  d.c. on the hill that has given back  the oldest traces of human presence in the city, a change in the course of work extended the initial size with the construction of the summa cavea and the loggia. The superimposition of a residential area in ancient structures has allowed the preservation of part of the structure of which today remains only  a statement punctuated by an order of blind arches between the pilasters and traces of the attic.

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Responsible: Dott.ssa S. La Penna

The ancient Iuvanum is enclosed in an area of great environmental value on the eastern slope of the Maiella. From the hill south of the plateau, home to an Italic sanctuary with two temples and a theater, it dominated the city below, mostly dating back to Imperial time . The town was entered through a system of transit routes, paved (in Roman time) with a large stone paving stones, which followed ancient natural  paths related to the transhumance of the herds. The itinerary is illustrated by explanatory panels in a path that begins in the acropolis and ends in the forensic area. The museum has been recontextualized and the archaeological material recovered shown in an ideal story of the life of the ancient inhabitants of the city.

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Responsible: Dott. S. La Penna

Two temples side by side and parallel, with different history and construction techniques, emergencies are the we can see today, on a terraced esplanaded by a long wall in polygonal and square,on the western boundary of the sanctuary. Recent explorations have expanded knowledge of the area with new and important findings: The sanctuary, with a terraced wall in polygonal and square, was considered a monument probably during the century a.C., when the main temple was built in a center position. A second smaller  church building, smaller, he was joined at the beginning of the I century a.C. Chieti, The Museum of Civitella, dining gables.

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Near Campli (TE), for over thirty years, a vast necropolis was discovered with more than 220 tombs dating between the seventh and fifth centuries BC with the special bisome tombs, in other words, two buried per grave. The cemetery is divided into settlements surrounded by large stones inside which eight graves can also be found. As was tradition, dead people were honored with numerous objects some of which were precious. The funerary ornaments (weapons, vases, jewelry and ceramic objects) are now preserved in the museums of Campli and Chieti. In the recent years the excavations have continued, bringing to light new graves.

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In the centre of the city of Teramo we find the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre, dating back to the II century d.c., situated at a few meters from the ruins of a Roman theatre, that may be dated between the I century a.c. and the II century d.c., considered the best preserved of all the theatres in the Piceno localities. “The ruin of the interamnia theatre testifies, in a Roman way, the ancient greatness”, these are the words with which Gabriele D’Annunzio describes this archeological site of great interest, at the present subjected to  important restoration interventions.

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