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Numana and its ancient territory: new data and research perspectives
Vincenzo Baldoni, Stefano Finocchi

Last modified: 2017-03-21


Numana is one of the most important centers for the Picenian civilization, prospered in the Marche and Abruzzo regions during the Iron Age.

Almost the whole amount of archaeological evidence found until now refers to the necropoleis spread on a rather wide territory, while data concerning inhabited areas are quite scarce.

Although findings are plenty, studying on Ancient Numana is quite incomplete. As a matter of fact, all the edited materials are related to single burials or finding and there are no overall studies on its territory.

A recently started research project involves a wider sector of the largest Numana necropolis (Quagliotti - Davanzali), which is unedited, yet documented in detail, its excavation documentation being available. The project sets out to consider burials as organized systems, offering information on cultural transformations, on the social organization of the ancient community. The systematic analysis of the data from the burial and the single funerary sets - to be organized in a specific GIS - is to be accompanied by an investigation of the ancient landscape in its many components - necropolis and inhabited area - in its diachronic development, thanks to the results of other recent analysis carried out in the Numana territory (geomorphology, GIS of the archaeological map, new surveys of the territory).

The scope of the project is therefore to analyze times, ways of arrangements, shapes of the Ancient Numana, in its definition of a territorial, inhabited, rural space, by using methods and techniques to record and read new data, to build knowledge in a scenario which can be integrated with results coming from future researches.