University of Udine

DIpartimento di Studi UManistici
e del patrimonio culturale


Locri Epizephyrii: Sanctuaries and architectural and material culture


Locri Epizephyrii: Sanctuaries and architectural and material culture

Coordinator: Dr. Marina Rubinich

The research unit aims primarily at studying and fully publishing the contexts, the architectonical artifacts and the material culture uncovered during the excavations carried out by the coordinator (between 1998 and 2002 as Assistant of the local Superintendence, between 2007 and 2009 as Scientific Director of an archaeological mission of the University of Udine in agreement) at two of the most important shrines of the ancient Greek city of Locri Epizephyrii (in the province of Reggio Calabria): the sanctuary of Casa Marafioti and the one in Marasà.

The study of the excavation data and of the different classes of materials discovered (pottery, coins, architectural terracottas, coroplastic artifacts, fauna) allows to analyse the transformation which interested the two sacred places from their foundation (7th–6th century BC) to the post-ancient times, by reconnecting the new acquisitions to the data of the previous investigations held in the 20th century (some of which are basically still unpublished) and to the more recent studies focused on the city of Locri Epizephyrii, its architectural culture and its sacred and votive contexts. Particular attention is given to the interpretation of votive deposits through the study of all materials within them (clay figures, architectural materials, pottery and fauna).

The project is being carried out in collaboration with the local peripherical structures of Mibact, with the current and former officials and with the contribution of external specialists, experts in various pertaining fields. The collecting and digitisation of the data will be done in order to realise (or integrate) a GIS system for the preservation and valorisation of the cultural heritage of the ancient city, as soon as funds for this purpose will be made available. The scientific publication will represent the first step for further developments towards the virtual reconstruction of the sites, high-level dissemination initiatives and the museum display in situ.

All graduating students, as well as postgraduates and Ph.D. students in Archaeology can take part to the activities.


  • Study, documentation (photography and drawings) and computerised cataloguing of the various material classes of the findings
  • Computerised processing of the excavation documentation
  • Analysis of the bibliography and of the existing archival data
  • Organization of all data in a GIS