The Harbour of the Mansio ad Speluncas (Brindisi, Italy): A Key to Seal Level Changes in the Past 3500 years?

The archaeological site of Torre Santa Sabrina is to the north of Brindisi along the Adratic coast of Apulia, not far from the ancient Kabrinia, the modern Carovigno. It is well known because of the continuous human presence from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, through Mycenaean and Roman Times. It was named ad speluncas during Roman times; when little villages—mansions—were placed along the main roads playing an important role as logistical stations between the main cities. Numerous archaeological structures have been found in the coastal area of the mansion ad speluncas. They are laid indicators or sea indicators sine they only indicate that sea level was lower or higher than present at the time of their building. The most important seal level indicators are two wrecks of Roman ships ascribed to the Late Republic or 1st century of the Imperial Age. Beached at the mean depth of 2.5m b.p.s.l. sea level, they could indicate the position of the sea level at the time of their abandonment on the beach. The archaeological remains suggest that about 23200 years ago the sea level stood up to 3m below the present one; 220 ears it raised up to 2.5m lower than the present one as also indicated by data coming from the near harbor of Egnatia. The following rise of sea level has been responsible for the flooding of medieval structures.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 5-14
  • Monograph Title: Maritime Heritage and Modern Ports

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  • Accession Number: 01001345
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1845640101
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2005 4:47PM