1,500-year-old basilica discovered in Apulia during work for photovoltaic plant

During work on Puglia's largest photovoltaic plant, remains of a 1,500-year-old basilica with an adjoining necropolis were discovered.

In Apulia, in the province of Foggia, during an intervention related to the construction of the largest photovoltaic plant in the region, the remains of a 1,500-year-old basilica ofancient Daunia with an adjoining necropolis were discovered. After preliminary investigations carried out by archaeologists in the areas adjacent to the facilities, the Danish company European Energy, which specializes in renewable energy, took an active role and pledged to bear the costs for the research to continue: it then financed the recovery of the find, in agreement with local authorities and the Superintendence.

On one side of the facility, the remains of a basilica dated between the 6th and 8th centuries with a large necropolis attached were found, while on another side a settlement dated between the Ancient and Middle Neolithic periods with a hypogeal structure typical of the entrenched villages of the Tavoliere. Approximately 117 burial cavities of the necropolis were investigated, where relevant finds, such as ceramic jugs, metal artifacts, coins, bracelets, rings, and buckles, were discovered.

The discovery, made possible to the specialized archaeology and cultural services company Nostoi S.r.l., constitutes an important recovery not only of Italy’s cultural heritage, but especially of the territory once, in Roman times, called Daunia.

In addition to financially supporting the surveillance and excavation, the European Energy company has planned to create slow itineraries that will allow the public to learn more about the area at any time of the year.

“We are happy that a project designed for the development of renewable energy in Italy,” said Alessandro Migliorini, European Energy Country Manager Italy, “has also had a concrete return in view of the territorial development of the areas involved; we like to think that this model, which sees renewables and archaeological areas as a lever of territorial economic development, while contributing to the recovery of cultural heritage, can be replicated in the future and is a further positive sign of the Italian path towards the green deal.”

1,500-year-old basilica discovered in Apulia during work for photovoltaic plant
1,500-year-old basilica discovered in Apulia during work for photovoltaic plant

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