San Giovenale

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San Giovenale
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The Borgo of San Giovenale, with remains of Etruscan houses and workshops.
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LocationComune di Blera, Italy
AbandonedRoman period
Periods Neolithic period - Roman Republic
Cultures Etruscan
Site notes
Excavation datesyes
Archaeologists Swedish Institute at Rome; Eric Berggren
Public accessno
Website San Giovenale (in English)

San Giovenale is the modern name of the location of an ancient Etruscan settlement close to the modern village of Blera, Italy. It was excavated by the Swedish Institute at Rome in the 1950s and 1960s with King Gustaf VI Adolf as one of the participating archaeologists. [1] The excavations at San Giovenale has been, together with the excavations of Acquarossa, the main source of information about how small and medium-size Etruscan settlements were organized. [2] [3] The finds from the excavations are now partly exhibited in the Etruscan Museum of the Rocca Albornoz in Viterbo.


The site

The main settlement consists of high plateau split in two parts, normally referred to as the Acropolis and the Borgo. [4] The settlement is surrounded by a number of burial sites. The excavations of the settlement werre divided into eight areas: Areas A-F on the Acropolis, the Borgo and the Bridge over the Pietrisco.


The results of the excavations are published in the series Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Institutet i Rom-4˚ and in the Institute's journal, the Opuscula Romana (until 2007) and the Opuscula [5] [6] (2008-).

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  1. Eric Berggren; Kristina Berggren (1981). San Giovenale: Excavations in Area B, 1957-1960. Distributor P. Aströms. ISBN   978-91-7042-078-8.
  2. The Etruscans, Graeme Barker & Tom Rasmussen, page 158
  3. Bertil Hallert; Svenska institutet i Rom; Italy. Soprintendenza alle antichità dell'Etruria meridionale (1981). San Giovenale: Results of excavations conducted by the Swedish institute of classical studies at Rome and the Soprintendenza alle antichità dell'Etruria meridionale. Gleerup. ISBN   978-91-7042-078-8.
  4. The Etruscans, Graeme Barker & Tom Rasmussen, page 320
  5. "The Brygos painter at San Giovenale". Editorial Committee of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome. 2009-12-02. doi:10.30549/opathrom-02-10 . Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  6. "Erik Wetter and the genesis of the San Giovenale excavations". Editorial Committee of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome. 2020-11-02. doi:10.30549/opathrom-13-09 . Retrieved 2021-04-28.

Coordinates: 42°13′28″N11°59′59″E / 42.22444°N 11.99972°E / 42.22444; 11.99972