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Building Forcello: Etruscan wattle-and-daub technique in the Po Plain (Bagnolo San Vito, Mantua, northern Italy)

Amicone, S; Croce, E; Castellano, L; Vezzoli, G; (2020) Building Forcello: Etruscan wattle-and-daub technique in the Po Plain (Bagnolo San Vito, Mantua, northern Italy). Archaeometry 10.1111/arcm.12535. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The study analyses through an interdisciplinary approach the wattle‐and‐daub building technique used on the Po Plain of northern Italy, focusing on the archaeological evidence from the Etruscan site of Forcello, near Bagnolo San Vito (Mantua) (540–375 bce). Wattle and daub is widespread across different times and periods, and is particularly common in regions such as the Po Plain, where stone sources for construction are not immediately available. Thanks to a combined archaeometric, geological and anthracological study, the paper provides new insights on a fifth‐century bce building structure from Forcello. The findings reveal information on the life history of this feature, including its construction, maintenance and final destruction. The research also sheds a new light on the wattle‐and‐daub technique and on the interaction between people and the Po Plain Etruscan palaeoenvironment.

Type: Article
Title: Building Forcello: Etruscan wattle-and-daub technique in the Po Plain (Bagnolo San Vito, Mantua, northern Italy)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12535
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12535
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Authors. Archaeometry published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of University of Oxford. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: wattle and daub, ancient building technology, Po Plain, Etruria, archaeometric analyses, anthracology, raw materials management
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094626
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