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STEMPA. The proto-historic settlement of Bostel (Norhtern Italy): an integrated project for remote sensing, excavation, material culture studies and dissemination

Goal: STEMPA is a UniPd funded project aimed at building a multidisciplinary team of students and young researchers for the study of the proto-historic settlement of Bostel, in the municipality of Rotzo (Province of Vicenza, Italy) and of the surrounding Asiago Plateau.

Our activities are focusing on a comprehensive investigation of the archaeological site, starting from remote-sensing, in terms of data acquisition and data processing, and geophysical prospections and going all the way down to stratigraphic excavation, graphic, photographic and digital documentation (2D and 3D), typo-chronological, functional and archaeometric analyses of the materials.

The dissemination of the results both to a specialist audience and to a wider public is a crucial goal of the project: we believe that the only way to improve how we look and what we think of the past is sharing the questions and the answers, the joys and the failures of the life in the field (and in the lab!)

PIs: Luigi Magnini (PhD), prof. Armando De Guio
Coordination team: Cinzia Bettineschi, Laura Burigana, Amy Rodighiero

Participating students (the STEMPA team): Azzalin Giovanni, Bertelli Marco, Berto Eleonora, Bianco Sabrina, Bilotti Giacomo, Elena Cavallini, Chiarini Donatella, Fiorentin Anna Elena, Griggio Elena, Lipreri Livio, Manfrin Maria Sofia, Marra Andrea, Martinello Elia, Mason Gianmarco, Masotti Micol, Pedersoli Stefano, Peruzzo Emanuele Filippo, Pieragostini Francesco, Pirani Margherita.

Methods: Remote Sensing, LIDAR, 3D Modeling, Public Archaeology, Multispectral Satellite Imagery, Stratigraphic excavation, Material Culture Studies

Date: 1 January 2017 - 1 June 2018

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This contribution presents the first comprehensive survey of the protohistoric glasses found on the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni Vicentini in the sites of Monte Corgnon (Lusiana) and Bostel (Rotzo) during the excavations directed by Armando De Guio. Starting from the history of the studies, the work offers insights into the typo-chronology, stratigraphy, topography, and function of the finds considered. Also, the paper proposes and briefly discusses the preliminary results of the archaeometric analysis of the major, minor and trace elements carried out by LA-ICP-MS, as a means for understanding the raw materials, the coloring/ opacification technologies and the origin of the base glass.
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This paper presents the most relevant updates related to the archaeological investigations carried out in the proto-historic settlement of Bostel (municipality of Rotzo, Vicenza-Italy) during the years 2017-2019. In particular, it discusses the results of the excavations in sector D and G, and the implications of the first radiocarbon dates ever performed in the site. The excavation revealed the existence of one new house unit (in sector G) and helped to understand the planimetry of the archaeological remains in sector D, especially with regards to the domestic building and the small, squared structure in limestone slabs. The 14 C analysis shed new light on the time-span of the human presence in the area, suggesting a sporadic occupation at the beginning of the Iron Age and backdating the permanent settlement at least to the mid-fifth century BC.
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This paper presents the combined use of UAV-derived Digital Elevation Models, optical and IR imaging and multispectral satellite images to produce a (micro)topographic survey of the proto-historic village of Bostel, in the municipality of Rotzo (province of Vicenza, Italy). It aims to improve our knowledge of the structural organization of the site. Different vegetation indices were calculated from the multiband images to enhance the grass and soil-marks in open field, allowing the identification of buried structures. Close-range images were acquired with a commercial DJI Phantom 2 and a customized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), equipped with both high-resolution digital and IR cameras. Structure from Motion was used on the acquired data to create digital elevation models (DEM) of sample areas, which were enhanced by using different data visualization techniques. Remote sensing analyses were then combined with fieldwork data, producing a complex environmental model. The houses found during the excavations seem to be embedded in a framework of structures for the sake of space organization, defence and control. Moreover, the presence of a dense network of terraces and buildings, running right up to the south-eastern ridge of the promontory, confirms the existence of an intense human occupation of the entire area.
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Celebrating 25 years of excavation in the site of Bostel (Rotzo municipality, Northern Italy) during a 2-days dedicated conference. Scholars, researchers and students will meet for updates on old and recent topics related to this important site of the Second Iron Age in Veneto.
 
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La mostra fotografica "indagini X immagini - di evidenze archeologiche" si pone come momento di divulgazione non convenzionale dei risultati raggiunti dal progetto, con particolare riguardo allo scavo del sito archeologico del Bostel di Rotzo (VI) che festeggia quest'anno il traguardo dei 25 anni dall'inizio delle indagini dell'Ateneo patavino.
L'inaugurazione si terrà lunedì 23 aprile 2018, ore 10:30 presso il Museo di Scienze Archeologiche e d'Arte dell'Università di Padova (Palazzo Liviano, piazza Capitaniato 7 - Padova).
Interverranno:
- Jacopo Bonetto, Direttore del Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali, Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte, del Cinema e della Musica; - Andrea Grappeggia, Dirigente dell'Area Didattica e Servizi agli Studenti; - Armando De Guio, docente di Archeologia del Territorio e Direttore Scientifico degli scavi sul Bostel di Rotzo; - Luigi Magnini, referente del progetto STEMPA; - Cinzia Bettineschi, curatrice.
I posti in Museo sono limitati per ragioni di sicurezza. Seguirà breve visita inaugurale alla mostra sul Ballatoio di fronte all'Aula Diano.
L’esposizione sarà poi liberamente visitabile per il pubblico a partire da martedì 24 aprile 2018 e fino a venerdì 1 giugno 2018 compatibilmente con gli orari di apertura della struttura: da lunedì a venerdì, ore 8:30-19 e sabato mattina, ore 8:30-12:30. Sarà chiusa invece nei giorni festivi e in occasione dei ponti indetti dall’Ateneo.
INFO e PRENOTAZIONE VISITE E LABORATORI: stempa.unipd@gmail.com CONTATTI: www.facebook.com/stempa.unipd
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COMITATO SCIENTIFICO Armando De Guio, Luigi Magnini, Alessandra Menegazzi, Giuseppe Salemi, Paola Zanovello, Ivana Angelini
CURATELA Cinzia Bettineschi
COMITATO ORGANIZZATIVO
Sabrina Bianco, Giacomo Bilotti, Laura Burigana, Donatella Chiarini, Elena Griggio, Elia Martinello, Margherita Pirani, Amy Rodighiero, Andrea Tavella
FOTOGRAFIE DI Sabrina Bianco et alii
 
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This report presents updates on the research of the University of Padua in the site of Bostel di Rotzo (VI). The fieldwork focused on understanding the chronological sequences of the structures D and E. Two new stratigraphic windows (SW 1 and SW 2) on the south-eastern part of the Bostel were also studied and an extensive survey was carried out in the western field, next to the archaeological area. We also tested a DJI Phantom 2 quadricopter, which allowed us to record aerial photographs of the excavated areas.
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This report presents updates on the research of the University of Padua in the site of Bostel di Rotzo (Province of Vicenza - Northern Italy). During the years 2014-2016, the fieldwork focused on understanding the chronological sequences of sectors D and E and on the identification of the site and near-site distribution of sporadic materials in order to assess the spatial structure of the village. A new house unit of the Second Iron Age was discovered in sector D, where the excavation could also investigate the earliest phases of the site, dating back to the X-VIII century BC.
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Today and until Sunday the 6th of August, the project Stempa is present with some of its members at the event "Asiago: conoscere, ricordare, tramandare".
We will talk about our researches on Landscape Archaeology applied to the study of the First World War, of our recent surveys and excavations of WW1 structures and finally of our investigations of the pre-roman village of Bostel "through" the dig of a WW1 trench built just in correspondance of part of the archaeological site.
Come and visit us! And for those who cannot attend, a sneak preview of our works is available for those who follow us on: www.facebook/stempa.unipd
 
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STEMPA is a UniPd funded project aimed at building a multidisciplinary team of students and young researchers for the study of the proto-historic settlement of Bostel, in the municipality of Rotzo (Province of Vicenza, Italy) and of the surrounding Asiago Plateau.
Our activities are focusing on a comprehensive investigation of the archaeological site, starting from remote-sensing, in terms of data acquisition and data processing, and geophysical prospections and going all the way down to stratigraphic excavation, graphic, photographic and digital documentation (2D and 3D), typo-chronological, functional and archaeometric analyses of the materials.
The dissemination of the results both to a specialist audience and to a wider public is a crucial goal of the project: we believe that the only way to improve how we look and what we think of the past is sharing the questions and the answers, the joys and the failures of the life in the field (and in the lab!)
PIs: Luigi Magnini (PhD), prof. Armando De Guio
Coordination team: Cinzia Bettineschi, Laura Burigana, Amy Rodighiero
Participating students (the STEMPA team): Azzalin Giovanni, Bertelli Marco, Berto Eleonora, Bianco Sabrina, Bilotti Giacomo, Elena Cavallini, Chiarini Donatella, Fiorentin Anna Elena, Griggio Elena, Lipreri Livio, Manfrin Maria Sofia, Marra Andrea, Martinello Elia, Mason Gianmarco, Masotti Micol, Pedersoli Stefano, Peruzzo Emanuele Filippo, Pieragostini Francesco, Pirani Margherita.