Cosa V: An Intermittent Town, Excavations 1991-1997

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Since excavation began in 1948, the site of Cosa has become one of our most important sources on Roman colonization, urbanism, and daily life. These excavations illuminate every phase of the site's history, from the Republican and early imperial period, to a medieval castle destroyed in the 14th century.

This book includes a narrative account of the history of the town seen in the light of the excavations, as well as the publication of all the medieval finds from the site. Illustrated with 150 figures and plates, including numerous reconstruction drawings and an important sequence of Roman pottery, it will be useful to all those interested in Roman and Medieval archaeology and history.

An innovative aspect of this publication is the simultaneous web publication of the site's stratigraphy. In this manner, the detailed site information will be available to specialists and those of the general public who closely follow new directions in Roman archaeology.

Elizabeth Fentress is an independent scholar and archaeologist working in Rome. She served as Mellon Professor at the American Academy in Rome between 1996 and 1999.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Cosa in the Republic and Early Empire 13
Settlement between the Third and the Fifth Centuries A.D. 63
The Sixth-Century Settlement 72
The Early Medieval Settlement 92
Ansedonia: The Settlement of the Twelfth through the Fourteenth Centuries 120
Conclusions: An Intermittent Settlement 138
The Wall Paintings and the Decorative Pavements 145
Sculpture and Furniture 191
Terracottas 214
Terracottas from Temple E in Trench Forum VI 217
Roman Minor Objects, 1990-1997 223
Late Roman and Medieval Minor Objects, 1948-1997 242
The Greek and Roman Coins 250
The Medieval Coins 260
Inscriptions and Graffiti 266
La Ceramic della Casa di Diana e della Forum Cistern 269
The Medieval Pottery 320
The Human Skeletal Remains 353
Bibliography 363
Index to People and Divinities 393
Index to Places and Things 395
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