Preliminary results of the fourth archaeological excavation campaign at Vetricella

The first weeks of September marked the end of the archaeological excavation campaign at the site of Vetricella (Scarlino, GR) 2019, which saw the involvement of the ERC nEU-Med project Team along with trainee archaeology students. The excavation operations focused on the opening of two evaluation trences  in the South-East portion of the site (sectors III-IV) (Fig.1), in order to try to define in more detail the dynamics that affected the construction and the subsequent abandonment/filling of the inner defensive… Continue reading

Ostracod analyses on sediments from the Vetricella ditch and the cores drilled in the Pecora and Cornia valleys

At the Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering of the CNR, the analyses of the ostracod associations occurring in the ad hoc sampled sediments from the Vetricella ditch and from the cores drilled in the alluvial plains of the Pecora and Cornia rivers are in progress. Ostracods are small crustaceans (average length 1 mm) with the body enclosed between two calcareous valves. These are the fossils found in sediments. They can live in all aquatic environments, from the deep sea… Continue reading

BRIGHT 2019 “la notte dei ricercatori in Toscana”

On the 27th and 28th of September 2019 the Bright ” la notte dei ricercatori in Toscana”will take place. The ERC nEU-Med project team will be present on Saturday September 28th at Colle di Val d’Elsa (SI), Piazza dell’Unità-Teatro del Popolo, from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm, holding a thematic table and educational workshop on ancient coin analysis and study: “Monete del passato, tecniche del futuro” G.Bianchi, L. Dallai, V. Volpi, G.Poggi, C.Cicali (University of Siena) DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROGRAM Continue reading


From 2 to 13 September 2019, the students from Sesto Properzio High School (Assisi-PG) visited the archaeological site of Vetricella (Scarlino, GR). After a detailed history and explanation of the medieval site’s main characteristics provided by the excavation coordinator (Fig.1), students were shown the principles and practices used during fieldwork activities. This was followed by guided simulations in the form of archaeological documentation (Fig.2-3). A number of guided tours to the area’s main archaeological museums were also carried out over… Continue reading

2-6 september: athraco2019

The University of Liverpool is proud to host from 2 to 6 september 2019: “Anthraco 2019: 7th International Anthracology Meeting” Charcoal Science in Archaeology and Palaeoecology Anthraco2019 will take place in The Central Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool which is located on the Liverpool Main Campus. The ERC nEU-Med project will participate on 6 september, with the speech: Mauro Buonincontri, Marta Rossi, Gaetano Di Pasquale: “A case of Medieval deforestation in southern Tuscany (850-1050 AD): an isolated local event or… Continue reading

The ongoing investigation in the new archaeological excavation campaign at Vetricella

During the first weeks of activity on field at the site of Vetricella (Scarlino,GR), two new exploratory trenches were opened to investigate the deposits related to the phases of construction, life and decommissioning of the inner defensive ditch (Fig.1).   This background was considered as extremely interesting since, the previous excavations, for understanding the dynamics of life that had to take place both in the inner area, nearby the tower, and in the section directly outside the ditch itself. To… Continue reading