The final season of excavation focused on the area of Prato Felici where the previous seasons had revealed a large pool, measuring 36.7m in length and 12.62m in width. The aim of the season was to determine the chronology, function and extent of the structure and try to place it within the wider urbanscape of the acropolis. Alongside this work, examination also began of the burials recovered in the previous seasons at Piazza Santa Maria.
The 2014 season confirmed the preliminary results of the 2013 excavation which had revealed a single structure, a large pool, which dominates the central area of Prato Felici directly above Porta Foca. The pool appears to have been constructed after the mid-2nd century BC in an area where some religious activities were performed from at least the late archaic period, as evidence by a significant number of architectural terracottas and votive material of the mid-Republican period. Built in opus signinium, it is possibly one of the earliest examples of this construction technique which has its origins in Segni.
Material evidence suggests that the structure was then abandoned until the 10th century AD when a small hearth was constructed in the south-east corner. The research will now focus on how the pool functioned and above all, its role within the wider system for the distribution of water in Signia, as well as whether it formed part of a larger architectural complex.
Piazza Santa Maria
The research in 2014 focused upon the series of burials that had been excavated the previous 2 seasons. Conducted by the Colegio Oficial de Doctores y Licenciados en Filosofia y Letras y Ciencias de Valencia y Castellon under the direction of Professor Llorenc Alapont, the team examined 10 individuals, including 5 females, 2 males and 3 children. The initial results, achieved despite the fragmented nature of the burials due to modern disturbance in the square, are providing a fascinating insight into the life of medieval Segni.