In the municipality of Mira, near Venice, archaeological excavations uncovered a Bronze Age site identified within the framework of hydraulic management, renaturalization, and landscape reorganization works carried out by the Consorzio di Bonifica Acque Risorgive in the area of Parco delle Giare.

Archaeological evidence reveals that the area was located near the edge of the Venetian lagoon in ancient times, and the site can be preliminarily dated to the period between the end of the Late Bronze Age and the beginning of the Final Bronze Age, that is, approximately between the mid-13th and late 12th century BC.

Last fall, during archaeological assistance to excavation operations, the first indications emerged, which were then further investigated through stratigraphic tests that are now being completed.

Archaeologists working at the Mira site
Archaeologists working at the Mira site. Credit: Soprintendenza Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per il Comune di Venezia e Laguna

The investigations are being conducted on-site by the staff of the company Se.Arch. srl, under the supervision of Cecilia Rossi, the area’s archaeological supervisor.

The site is characterized by significant findings of fired clay, mostly belonging to large containers, which, once extracted from the excavation, were subjected to cleaning, research, and shape recognition as part of a didactic workshop organized by Michele Cupitò, professor of European and Mediterranean Protohistory at the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padua, with the collaboration of Giovanni Tasca, Vanessa Baratella, and Gaia Garosi.

Once this activity is concluded, the findings will be systematically studied within the framework of the existing collaboration between the Superintendency of ABAP for Venice and the Lagoon and the University of Padua.

Ceramic finds at the Bronze Age site
Ceramic finds at the Bronze Age site. Credit: Soprintendenza Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per il Comune di Venezia e Laguna

In the coming days, knowledge of the context will be expanded with a geophysical survey campaign, directly financed by the Ministry of Culture and aimed at identifying the extent of the archaeological site.

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