GPR Survey at the Castle of Taranto (South- Italy)

Leucci, Giovanni and De Giorgi, L. (2016) GPR Survey at the Castle of Taranto (South- Italy). International Journal of Innovative Science, Engineering & Technology, 3 (2). pp. 15-22. ISSN 2348–796

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The Aragonese Castle is located in the southwesternmost part of the inland corresponding to the acropoli of Taranto during the Magna Grecia period. It is at the top of a calcarenitic body ascribed to the Last Interglacial time (MIS 5). Its building was completed in 1492 but there aren’t indications about an official beginning; some architectonic particulars, including the structure of the church inside, seem indicate that the building started during the X/XII century. Calcarenitc ashlars present in the wall have size characteristic of the Magna Grecia/roman time; therefore, it is possible that parts of present fortification were build up the Magna Grecia/roman one or, at least, reworking their parts. The present structure of the castle is result of different phases, not yet well documented, of improving and reutilization occurred during their five century of live. The channel that separate the past acropolis from the centre of Taranto was cut at the end of XIX century, in occasion of the realisation in this city of the biggest base of Italian fleet; however, old documents indicate that in this area a small valley could limited the acropolis from the outside. Goals of present work are: I - to individuate the original topography of the natural environment; II – to individuate past structures at present covered by new ones or by sediments. The preliminary results are encouraging and pointed out the presence of different structures that could be of archaeological interest.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aragonese Castle, GPR survey
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate
Depositing User: dottoressa Gaetana Marchesini
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 09:01
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 08:38

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