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Ponte Diddino - Priolo Gargallo (SR)


Ponte diddino SUREY

Investigation and geophysical survey carried out in the territory of Ponte Diddino-Priolo (SR)

Project leader: IBAM-CNR

Field director: Daniele Malfitana (CNR-IBAM)

Participating bodies: CNR-IBAM (Giuseppe Cacciaguerra; Giovanni Fragalà; Giovanni Leucci)

Date of activity: From 2012 onwards


Brief description: The geophysical survey concentrated on the area of the Hellenistic and Roman rural settlement of Specchi-Aguglia (Priolo Gargallo, Syracuse), in particular the Hellenistic funerary monument denominated Guglia d’Agosta. The investigation made it possible to document several underground spaces, define the topographical context in which the monument stood, and confirm the presence of at least one road. Furthermore, structures belonging to the settlement were identified and the area covered by the settlement was reconstructed.

Geophysical surveying was also carried out in the urban areas, in particular, the historical centre of Augusta (Syracuse). Very little excavation has been undertaken in the city, founded by Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, between 1232 and 1239, and it requires a programme of infrastructural interventions.

In the medieval and modern eras, the area of the public gardens was the city’s earliest nucleus. Between 1670 and 1685, two series of residential blocks were demolished in the zone nearest the Swabian castle in order to improve the line of fire from the newly built fortification (built by the Dutch architect De Grunemberg). The geophysical surveys defined the plans of numerous building in the city and verified the medieval and modern town plans.


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