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Gravina: An Iron Age and Republican Settlement on Botromagno, Gravina di Puglia: Excavations of 1965-1974.

The legacy of JOHN WARD-PERKINS, emigre-excavator of Veii, is only now becoming clear, with the first publication of three volumes of old work which post-war British archaeology had no money to bring into print at the time. ALASTAIR M. SMALL's (ed.) Gravina: an Iron Age and Republican settlement on Botromagno, Gravina di Puglia: excavations of 1965-1974 (Archaeological Monograph of the British School at Rome 5. 1992. London: British School at Rome. I: The site, xviii+259 pages, 130 figures, ISBN 0-904152-22-7 paperback |pounds~22.50; II: Artifacts, xviii+399 pages, 121 figures, 21 plates, ISBN 0-904152-23-5 paperback |pounds~30; ISBN 0-904152-19-7 both volumes |pounds~45) will clearly be indispensable for future work in Apulia and show WARD-PERKINS to have been a fine excavator and recorder. He was also an aesthete with a practical bent, as the dated but nevertheless invaluable Marble in antiquity: collected papers of J.B. Ward-Perkins (HAZEL DODGE & BRYAN WARD-PERKINS (ed.). (Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome 6.) xii+180 pages, 141 figures, 2 colour plates. 1992. London: British School at Rome; ISBN 0-904152-20-0 paperback |pounds~25) shows. Finally NElL CHRISTIE's (ed.) Three South Etrurian churches: Santa Cornelia, Santa Rufina and San Liberato (Archaeological Monograph of the British School at Rome 4. xiv+374 pages, 109 figures, 94 plates. 1991. London: British School at Rome; ISBN 0-904152-17-0 paperback |pounds~55) shows WARD-PERKINS avant garde: this volume contains the reports on the excavations at Santa Cornelia, Santa Rufina and San Liberato, recognized by WARD-PERKINS in the 1950s to be under threat from urban sprawl and deep-ploughing. Thus began a then unique multi-period landscape survey -- the South Etruria survey -- motivated by both rescue and research, intellectually inspired by Cyril Fox and W.G. Hoskins. Excavation under Charles Daniels' direction at Santa Cornelia, identified in the Ager Veientanus as the likely site of a papal farm founded by Hadrian I in c. AD 776, marked the beginning of medieval archaeology in Italy; the survey as a whole began to provide a context for ancient Rome and in those terms must rank as one of the great British-led archaeological ventures of the mid century.
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Title Annotation:Part I
Author:Taylor, Timothy; Broodbank, Cyprian
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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