The rediscovery of the ancient city of Locri

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The Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and the CNR-IBAM are
conducting a joint multidisciplinary research project for the study of
the ancient Graeco-Roman city of Locri in the province of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy.

The rediscovery of the ancient city of Locri
View of the Marasà sanctuary [Credit: CNR-IBAM]

On October 25, the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) of Pisa and the
Institute of Archaeological Heritage, Monuments and Sites (IBAM) of the
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, in close cooperation with the
Directorate of the Museum and the National Archaeological Park of Locri,
have initiated a multidisciplinary research project in order to deepen
the knowledge of one of the most important city-states of Magna Graecia.

The rediscovery of the ancient city of Locri
View of the Marasà sanctuary [Credit: CNR-IBAM]

Regarding the park, its priceless heritage is only partly known and
explored, whereas the ancient city’s archaeological and monumental
context of national and international significance requires further
research with a multidisciplinary approach.

The rediscovery of the ancient city of Locri
Geophysical survey at the Marasà sanctuary [Credit: CNR-IBAM]

The first phase of investigations focused on the area of the Marasà
sanctuary with the famous Ionic temple built in the first half of the
5th century BC. The temple has long been waiting for a better
understanding of its significance within the ancient urban city
planning, a re-evaluation of its plan and, above all, a more detailed
knowledge of the archaeological context of the area in front of it. Of
interest, also, was the beginning of research in the area of the archaic
sanctuary of Casa Marafioti, which was only partially investigated in
the past.

The rediscovery of the ancient city of Locri
Geophysical survey at the Marasà sanctuary [Credit: CNR-IBAM]

The IBAM team that worked alongside that of the SNS involved in the
field has stepped in to carry out a first contextual analysis of the
area prior to its detailed archaeological investigation and a
topographical research as well. The research team included Giuseppe and
Antonino Cacciaguerra Mazzaglia, Salvatore Russo, Giovanni Fragalà,
Samuel Baron, Danilo Pavone.

The first season saw, also, the
contribution of Giovanni Leucci, head of the Laboratory of Applied
Geophysics at the archaeological and artistic heritage, and Lara De
Giorgi, IBAM fellow, who carried out extensive geophysical survey in the
two areas of Marasà and Marafioti, whose preliminary results have
already shown an unexpected archaeological context of the two Greek
sanctuaries.

 Source: CNR-IBAM [November 06, 2016]

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