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June 7, 2020

Baschi – Archaeological Area of Scoppieto

Contacts

Address: Località Scoppieto – Baschi (TR)
Telephone: (+39) 0744.957695
E-mail: baschi@sistemamuseo.it

Hours and Tickets

Every Sunday (April, July, August)
Hours: 10:30 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 19:00
Other days of the year can be visited by reservation


Tickets: € 2.50
Reduced price: € 1.50 (children 6-14 years, seniors, groups over 15 people)

The extensive site in Scoppieto in the municipality of Baschi, occupies a plateau dominating the Tiber valley, in an area rich in clay deposits, water and fertile lands.

The visit to the archaeological excavation represents the starting or arrival point of a naturalistic-archaeological itinerary to be carried out in the Tiber river park, which offers a panorama of the settlements that arose in antiquity according to the river, an agile means of communication and transport. The visit is an essential complement to that of the Municipal Antiquarium of Baschi, where the materials highlighted in the archaeological area are exhibited.

The investigations ongoing since 1995 by the University of Perugia, have revealed a sanctuary from the 4th century BC. on which, from the end of the 1st century BC, a ceramic production complex was set up. Once the activity ceased the area became a residential neighborhood until the 4th century AD. The workshop in operation for about a century, manufactured tableware called “sealed earth”, named after the stamp – sealum – which was used to imprint the decorative motifs on the matrices of the vases. In addition to bowls, cups, plates and bowls, with their characteristic smooth coral red surface, lamps and bricks were also produced. From the area discovered so far, extended for about 2,000 square meters, the regularly aligned positions of the potters re-emerged, who sat near a clay tank, a lathe and a brazier; the other processing stages were carried out in situ, from the purification of the clay to the cooking of the products; the signatures of the artisans of the Scoppi area affixed to the ceramic make it possible to trace the distribution network of the goods, which are spread on a large scale throughout the Mediterranean basin, through the extremely close and economic river route of the Tiber.