(Fig.2) View of the remains of the castle

The lost village of Cugnano (Fig.1) is not easy to find, it’s located between Massa Marittima and Monterotondo Marittimo (Fig.2).  Cugnano, like several deserted medieval villages in these hills, lies at the end of a track far from anywhere today. Here the project proposes to focus on enlarging the limited excavations of the village, where exceptional evidence of mining has been identified betweenthe 8th and 15th centuries.




Given the limited information on the archaeology of Medieval metal extraction in Europe, particular emphasis will be given to identifying mining and ore processing at Cugnano and nearby settlements (Montieri, Rocchette etc.) as these evolved over time. A critical aspect of the research will be devoted to identifying these mines as the source of metals for regional mints. Presently, this rare opportunity to analyze early Medieval mining and its management should throw new light on questions about coin production and circulation. Lead isotope analyzes will be used to compare ore deposits in the Colline Metallifere with Tuscan silver coins minted between the 9th and 12th centuries.

The second laser scanner survey campaign at the site of Cugnano

In February, the second survey campaign of the archaeological site of Cugnano was carried out, aimed at integrating the model made during the first mission. In particular, the laser scanner survey involved those parts of the site not yet acquired in 2018 since they were covered by vegetation (Fig.1-2).     At the same time, the site was also documented by drone aided photogrammetric survey, in order to obtain a general georeferenced model useful for contextualizing the more accurate laser… Continue reading

Laser scanner survey campaign at the site of Cugnano

During the second week of October 2018 the laser scanner survey campaign took place at the archaeological site of Cugnano, aimed at documenting the architectural features of the area (Fig.1-2). The survey, coordinated by Andrea Arrighetti with the support of Marco Repole and Tommaso Francucci, has performed more than seventy scans for the creation of poligonal supports in order to provide a complete point cloud of the entire archaeological site. The survey will provide a new and detailed planimetry of… Continue reading