The Excavations at Botromagno
Greek red figure
(Photograph by Edward Herring)
The Botromagno project was
a programme of excavation and survey at a major Iron Age site near Gravina
Puglia in southern Italy, running from 1979-85.
This large inland hilltop settlement site was
occupied throughout most of the first millennium BC. It offered the
opportunity to study a local community through a thousand years which
witnessed the arrival first of Greek settlers in the area and later the
military power of Rome.
The aim of the work at Botromagno was directed
at elucidating the nature and impact of relationships between the local
community and these external groups in the context of concerns with
issues of identity, ethnicity and local dynamics of state formation and
The final report was published in 2000 as
E. Herring, R.
Whitehouse and J. Wilkins, Botromagno. Excavation and Survey at
Gravina in Puglia. 1979-1985.
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