Bronze and Iron Age salt production on the Italian Tyrrhenian coast: An overview

Luca Alessandri, Clarissa Belardelli, Peter Attema, Francesca Cortese, Mario Federico Rolfo, Jan Sevink, Wouter van Gorp

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A synthesis of the current knowledge of the so-called Italian giacimenti a olle d’impasto rossiccio (reddish jar potsherd deposits) is presented. These sites are common along the Tyrrhenian side of Central Italy and are usually interpreted as salt-production sites, because of parallels with similar European specialised sites. In the latter, salt was obtained by boiling a brine in special disposable pottery, a technique known as briquetage. However, the analogies are not straightforward and alternative hypotheses, e.g. fish-processing, and a more complex intertwined economy have also been put forward. To solve the interpretation issues, we advocate to use a multidisciplinary approach involving quantification of the ceramics encountered, establishment of their morphological and functional typologies, and physico/chemical analyses to identify their use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTracing Technology
Subtitle of host publicationForty Years of Archaeological Research at Satricum, Rome
EditorsM. Gnade, M. Revello Lami
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789042946651
ISBN (Print)9789042946644
Publication statusPublished - 5-Nov-2021

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NameBabesch Supplements

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