'PICCARRETA 13', EEN LATE BRONSTIJDNEDERZETTING OP DE KUST VAN ZUID-LATIUM (ITALlË)
In the campaign of the summer of 2001, staff and students from the Groningen Institute of Archaeology exeavated part of a late Bronze/early Iron Age site on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea south of Nettuno, that is being heavily eroded by the sea. The strata with blackish sand visible in the scarp of a dune facing the sea appeared to contain mostly sherds of large earthenware containers that in same cases were found associated with chunks of volcanic tufa stone with traces of burning. It is therefore thought that the site was not a regular habitation site, but specialised in salt and/or fish processing. Sites like this one are important for assessing the level of complexity attained by late Bronze Age society in this part of central Italy. The fieldwork during the summer of 2002 will be targeted at further excavatian of this site and other protohistoric sites along the coast.