X-radiography of metal finds from the site of Vetricella

X-radiography is a rapid non-destructive technique that enables to read artefact form and structure beneath corrosion layers and burial accretions, providing a long-term visual record of inherently unstable and potentially deteriorating materials. While x-radiography alone cannot identify artefact composition, it can however offer evidence as to the nature of the material or materials, constituting an aid in subsequent microstructural analysis informing on the possible choice of sampling area according to parts of interest and local condition. Furthermore, a radiograph may… Continue reading

First studies on cases of congenital anemia from the skeletal sample from Vetricella

Duriung the recent Archaeorganics international conference, we emphasized the role of stable isotope analysis in the differential diagnosis of anemia. The sample of individuals from the medieval cemetery of Vetricella presents high percentages of porotic hyperostosis, in the two forms of cribra cranii and cribra orbitalia (Walker et al., 2009). This alteration may be due to anaemic states with different aetiologies, such as inherited hemolytic anaemia, due to infectious or parasitic diseases, iron deficiency anaemia or megaloblastic anaemia. Therefore, a… Continue reading

pXRF analysis on samples of fine ware from the site of Vetricella

At the Department of History and Cultural Heritage (University of Siena), in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, ceramic samples from the site of Vetricella (Scarlino, GR) and the surrounding area, were selected for preliminary screening with XRF technology. This screening is aimed at an elemental and statistical study.     Continue reading

Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 december 2019: seminars

On Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 december 2019 from 9.00 a.m to 11.00 a.m at Complesso dei Servi (DSSBC) Siena, will be held two lessons of Alessandra Pecci (Universitat de Barcelona): Tuesday 3, in Aula 1 – Complesso dei Servi: “Food production, trade and consumption: organic residue analysis of archaeological materials”. Wednesday 4, in Aula 6 – Complesso dei Servi: “Food production, trade and consumption: organic residue analysis of archaeological materials. II Examples from the Mediterranean and Mesoamerica”. The seminars… Continue reading

The activities of the nEU-Med project presented to the students of the Master’s Degree course in Archaeology

During the presentation of the the Master’s Degree course in archaeology (University of Siena) at the Palazzo San Galgano (Siena), were presented through two posters, the scientific activities of the European ERC nEU-Med project:   the archaeological excavation of the site of Vetricella (Scarlino,GR) multidisciplinary surveys for the study of the historical landscape of medieval Tuscany       Continue reading

The nEU-Med project on ARCHEO 2019

In the issue of April 2019 of the magazine “ARCHEO” , you can find the article dedicated to the ERC nEU-Med project, which, thanks to multidisciplinary connotation and focus on southern Tuscany, aims at the reacting the significant economic changes occurred in the first centuries of the Middle Ages.   DOWNLOAD THE PDF ARTICLE 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

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

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