A Treasure arose
from the Excavations

The archaeological excavations at Naro Castle had been carried out between 2008 and 2010 by the course of Medieval Archaeology of the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, by common accord with the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of the Marche. 28 spaces (houses, stores, warehouses, granaries, cattlesheds, bakeries, barns, cisterns) had been brought back to light and they now rise in a concentric position surrounding the central core of the castle: the Dwelling of the noble family. These spaces were generally rectangular and were usually composed by a single room at the ground floor and their threshold was facing the street. They were composed by blocks of stone of various dimensions directly carved in the rocks which were kept together with lime and the roof was made with shingles.

This is an extraordinary discovery which can tell us a lot about the life in the court and about the customs and traditions of its inhabitants. Indeed, thanks to the study of the architectural characteristcs and the materials discovered, it has been possible to set the first period of life of the castle between the 12th and the 14th centuries.

If historical reports could bring to light the actions of important people and of men-at-arms and their valorous achievements, archaeology could give us answers about the everyday life of farmers, artisans and common people who also made history. Archaeology is an important instrument to read the past, able to bring us back to the Middle Ages just like a time machine.

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