"Vagnari", Article Report

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"Vagnari", Article Report

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:09 pm

>>>> Article Report - Current World Archaeology, (June, 2016-Issue 76-pp 30-33) “Vagnari,” Is This the Winery of Rome’s Greatest Landowner? <<<<

The supposed estate of land lies about 12 kilometers from the small town of Gravina in Puglia, Italy. This location is in the Basentello River Basin which is found East of the Apennine Mtns in the southern part of Italy. (see the map #1 enclosed) A recognition of the Vagnari Site was made in the year 2000 by Carola and Alastair Small, and is now being investigated in detail by Prof. Maureen Carroll of the University of Sheffield, in England.

This article discusses the possibility of this portion of Italian land being the acreage of a very weathy landowner who provided a good part of Rome’s wine production. The first major clue was the discovery of two pieces of broken tile unearthed from the site which had incised on them the words, “GRATI CAESARIS.” When the broken tiles were restored, these Latin words meant, “Gratus slave of Caesar.”

When the Smalls retired from the investigation of this finding, Prof. Maureen Carroll took a group of experts and laborers to establish on this site a long-term investigation of the large area of land involved. The first activity was to determine the location of the small vicus, the ravine, neocropolis, and some Late Roman structures. (See map #2).

To date the excavations have revealed two large structures, called by the archaeologists the North Building and the South Building. (See pictures #3, #4, and #5). In the North building scraps of metal and evidence of workers as well as an indication that the building was also used as a residence. The South Building also included the excavation of large ground pits which were obviously for the use of storing wine in a cool environment.

I found the article very interesting as well as very informative, as to the ancient production of wine, as well as the mehods for doing so as recovered by the excavations. My drawings of the first attempts at reconstruction of the large North and South buildings of the Vanari Farm itself can be found on my blog, "Studies of Ancient Rome," -- http://studiesofancientrome.blogspot.com.

Source: Professor Maureen Carroll, University of Sheffield;

Further Information:

>> A. M. Small (ed.) (2012) “Vagnari, il villaggio, l’artigianato, la proprieta imperiale. The village, the industries, the imperial property,” Bari Edipuglia.

>> T. L. Prowse et al (2010) “Stable isotope and ancientDNA evidence for geographic origins at the site of Vagnari (2nd-4th centuries AD), Italy,” in H. Eckert (ed.) Roman Diasporos, Archaelogical Approaches to Mobility and Diversity In the Roman Empire, Supplement 78 of Journal of Roman Archaeology (Portsmouth, RI), pp 175-198.

>> M. Carroll (2014)”Vagnari 2012: new work in the vicus by the University of Sheffield,” in A. M. Small (ed.) Beyond Vagnari, New Themes In the Study of Roman South Italy, Bari Edipuglia, pp. 79-88.

>> M. Carroll and T. Prowse (2014) “Exploring the vicus and the neocropolis at the Roman imperial estate at Vagari (comune di Gravinain Puglia,” Provincia di bari, Regione Puglia), Papers of the British School at Rome 82.353-356.
Project website http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/research/vagari.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens

Re: "Vagnari", Article Report -Two drawngs

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:49 pm

Salvete All:

I am sorry for the divided notice. The article report in yesterday's forum was supposed to include the directions to my two drawings of the North And South Structures relating to the above report. They can be seen on my blog, "Studies of Ancient Rome" (http://studiesofancientrome.blogspot.com). My apologies and please enjoy.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens

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