I reperti de "la Biagiola"

L'esposizione al Museo di San Mamiliano a Sovana.

"la Biagiola"'s Archaeological findings

The San Mamiliano Museum's exhibit at Sovana.

Les découvertes archéologiques de « la Biagiola »

L’exposition au Musée San Mamiliano à Sovana.


Il Museo di San Mamiliano

Un piccolo sussidio alla visita, con tanti approfondimenti!
San Mamiliano Exhibit
San Mamiliano Exhibit
San Mamiliano Exhibit

Ritorno a Sovana.

Dopo essere stati esposti a Sorano presso il Museo della Rocca, i reperti delle due tombe longobarde de “la Biagiola” sono tornati a Sovana, per trovare la loro collocazione ideale nel Museo di San Mamiliano.

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La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School

Elementi di cintura – metà/terzo quarto VII sec. d.C. – ferro ageminato d’ottone e d’argento. Tomba 558.

Nuclei metallici in ferro lavorato in agemina, con placcature in argento e inserti in ottone, a formare decorazioni di differenti stili, per la maggior parte in II Stile animalistico armonioso avanzato.


You will experience all aspects of an archaeological career; fieldwork, architectural archaeology, burial archaeology, scientific analysis, physical anthropology, artifact conservation, and cutting-edge open source digital archaeology. Moreover, coursework will explore and focus on the major features of ancient Etruscan, Roman and Early-Medieval cultures.

La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School


The evolution of an Etruscan villa through centuries: from the Roman period, to the Lombard occupation, up to a Modern era rural settlement.
“La Biagiola” archaeological site, near Sovana di Sorano (GR), Tuscany, was discovered by the volunteers of Gruppo Archeologico Torinesei in 2004, during a survey project led by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana. After a few sample digs, held from 2008 to 2011, the Association “Cultura e Territorio” (ACT) has been entrusted with the following archaeological research. At present, the history of the site is quite clear in outlines: beginning with an Etruscan villa, at least three phases of a Roman villa, a Lombard graveyard and a modern farm follow each other. The excavations are carried on thanks to Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana, “la Biagiola vitivinicola”, Kaustic Plastik and the municipality of Sorano. Now we are ready to expand our excavations of the medieval cemetery and to explore new facilities of the Roman villa. In 2020, after six successful campaigns, we open again the Summer School to foreign students of archaeology and anthropology, who wish to experience archaeological excavations in Italy.
The Summer School is taking place from JULY 20th to AUGUST 23rd.


The territory of Sovana has been inhabited since Prehistory.
Today the area is well known for its Etruscan necropolis, medieval castles and churches. Archaeological research however, continues revealing new artifacts and new interesting aspects of human civilization through centuries.
For example, it is well known that the Romanization phenomena in the area took place between the 3rd and the 2nd century BC, but little is yet known about the Roman settlement in the countryside. Undoubtedly during the 6th and 7th c. AD here was the sensitive boundary between the Byzantine and Lombard lands, but archaeological evidences from this period are very scarce.
Indeed, the peculiarity of "la Biagiola" site lies in its multilayer stratification: a Roman villa grew over a late Etruscan settlement; afterwards, the Roman facilities were re-used by a Lombard group of people during the Early Middle Ages, when the site was turned into a cemetery. Those graves that have already been excavated contained an abundance of precious and interesting goods. Finally, the villa was largely abandoned up to the present time: only one building survived over the centuries, which was transformed into a shed.
Though the walls and the tombs are only partially preserved, they can still undoubtedly supply a lot of archaeological information. When the research is completed the site will be converted into an archaeological park, and “la Biagiola” will become one more attraction in the already rich cultural landscape of Sovana.

La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School
La Biagiola Summer School


The aims of the 2020 Campaign are:

  • completing the excavations of the Roman baths to uncover the ancient villa plan;
  • continue the exploration of the Lombard cemetery;
  • continue the escavation of the impressive structures, both etruscan and roman, we found last year near the main building.
The program will be beneficial for both Classical and Medieval archaeologists.
The program will include photogrammetry and wall stratigraphic analysis.
In addition, students will be involved in the “la Biagiola open air archaeological park” creation.
Tutorial activities will be focusing on the following topics (a complete dossier will be given to participants):
Roman pottery, Roman rural facilities, Medieval pottery, Early Medieval metallurgy, Modern pottery.
Archaeology of standing buildings, Burial archaeology, Total station and archaeological drawing, Open source documentation software, G.I.S., Preservation of archaeological finds, Analyzing, drawing and cataloging archaeological finds.
Roman settlement in the Sovana territory, Sovana in early Middle Ages: a contended territory between Langobards and Byzantines, The Aldobrandeschi medieval dominion, Archeology of the Modern era: rural settlement archaeology.

The fieldwork excavations will be a major portion of the training focus for the participants. The trainees will be guided through this new adventure by a team of skillful archaeologists who will be able to explain clearly every aspect of the research process.
Since the site is located in the middle of a rich archaeological area, several cultural excursions in the surroundings are planned, such as the Etruscan necropolis of Sovana, the impressive vie cave, Sorano and the Pitigliano museums and castles.
Classes, labs and field activities will take place daily, from Monday to Friday.
Drawing, G.I.S. and pottery laboratories will be held regularly in parallel with excavation. Such activities will be held at staff’s discretion and will involve only small groups of students (2-5) at a time.
Saturday’s schedule will be devoted to lectures and Sundays will be totally free, in order to give our students the chance to enjoy their stay in Italy.


The School of “la Biagiola” focuses on archaeological method, applied on a multilayered site: from the Etruscan age to the Modern era.
The School is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in Archaeology.
Admission is limited to 25 students per session.
No prerequisites are requested for the School; students will be adequately trained during the campaign.
Students interested in the School must submit their application with a cover letter (1000 characters maximum) and a CV to info[at]culturaterritorio.org.
Application deadlines: 10/06/2019.
Minimum stay: WHOLE CAMPAIGN..
Nevertheless, the applications will be examined as soon as they are received and every applicant considered suitable will be admitted immediately.
The staff reserves the right to verify any information reported in the CV and to request additional documentation (e.g.: advising reports; references) at its discretion, before coming to a decision on the enrollment.
An e-mail of confirmation or refusal will be sent to each applicant no later than a week after appliance.
Upon acceptance, students will receive detailed information on the following enrollment requirements:

  1. Medical certificate of good mental and physical health and medical history – if students have medical conditions, the certificate should be filled out and signed by a treating specialist.
  2. Proof of Insurance – students must have a valid international health and injury insurance and must provide the insurance provider’s contact information as well as the policy number.
  3. Release form – the participant must read and accept the terms of the field school; a signed release form must be submitted upon the starting date of the School.
  4. Travel itineraries – all students must provide their detailed travel itinerary as soon as possible. This information will allow the staff to arrange airport/train station pick-ups and drop-offs in advance.
  5. Payment, to be made through credit transfer or Paypal (presidente[at]culturaterritorio.org). 50% of the payment will be requested within 1 week after acceptance (last deadline for summer shifts: 20/06/2020). Balance should be paid upon arrival at the School.
Students will be required to provide all documentation and the 50% deposit within one week from acceptance. The failure to provide all above mentioned documents and payment within the terms means an automatic forfeiture of the student’s place in the School.

Associazione “Cultura e Territorio”
Via Ormea, 122 – 10126 Torino
C.F. 97687910014
IBAN: IT23R0321101001052848844830
Bank name: Banca Patrimoni Sella and C. S.p.A.
Town: Torino, Piemonte, Italia

For any further question, please e-mail our director Dr Luca Mario Nejrotti at presidente[at]culturaterritorio.org.

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