Digging the Past, Inc.
Digging the Past, Inc. has participated in several small digs in Rome, Italy, however, our real ambition will be to try to gain further access and funding to start working with underfunded archaeological sites in Abruzzo. One of the most interesting sites we have been visiting since 2014 was in Casoli, Abruzzo, Italy and an area known as the Cluviae. First mentioned in records written by Livy (in 311 BCE) during the second Samnite war and a Roman garrison that was massacred in the area.
The city was founded by the Carricini, as written by Tacitus and the inscriptions found on two ruins in the area; 2nd century CE at Insernia, and in 384 CE in San Salvo (written by the Caracini on a bronze plate).
The site itself is considered a Roman municipality due to it large size. The ancient Roman building was identified in 1895 by scholar Giulio de Petra. In 1940, a farmer found the municipal building while working his lands. This municipality was dated to the Julio-Claudia era.
In 1966, the archaeologist Adriano la Regina was able to survey and locate the exact location of the city
In 1988, it began a campaign of excavations directed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Abruzzo and conducted in two phases: August/September and then May/June 1990. Among the Roman structures a theater was discovered, baths and roads, portions of walls of river stones, evidence of a subsequent reshuffling due to construction activities lasting until the time of late antiquity. The discovery of tanks for the storage of cereals buried both under and alongside the Roman houses.
Today: In this vast archaeological site, which now has all too damaged by even a fairly recent construction activity, require the further action of excavations and studies, as well as a greater commitment, both moral and economic, to be able to re-evaluate and protect as well as possible.
Location of monastery recovered in March 2019.
Photo by Matthew Larcinese
Ruins of the Cluviae theater as seen and located in the map above
14th century Celestine Order Monastery, Gessopalena, Abruzzo, Italy
We are working with local historians, archaeologist, geologists to recover a culture in the hamlet of Abruzzo which will lead to specific answers about the medieval culture which once thrived around this Celestine Order Monastery (a branch of the Benedictines) per the Zanotti documents written about the area in the 14th century. Keep checking in for further details!
Map locating the Cluviae in relation to Casoli, Chieti
The nested cornerstone of the structure. Photo by Matthew Larcinese
One of three column bases uncovered. Photo by Matthew Larcinese
Vista from Piano la Roma, Casoli, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy