Author(s): R. Auriemma, G. Mastronuzzi, P. SansÚ & F. Zongolo
The archaeological site of Torre Santa Sabina is to the north of Brindisi along the
Adriatic coast of Apulia, not far from the ancient Karbinia, the modern
It is well known because of the continuous human presence from the
Neolithic to the Middle Ages, through Mycenaean and Roman times.
named ad speluncas during Roman times; when little villagesómansionsówere
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 mansio ad speluncas.
They are land indicators or sea
indicators since they only indicate that sea level was lower or higher than present
at the time of their building.
The most important sea level indicators are two
wrecks of Roman ships ascribed to the Late Republic or I st century of the
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
The archaeological remains suggest that about 3300 years ago the sea
level stood up to 3m below the present one; 2200 years it raised up to 2.5m lower
than the present one as also indicated by data coming from the near harbour of
The following rise of the sea level has been responsible for the flooding
of medieval structures.
sea level changes, historic harbour, wreck, Puglia, Italy.
Archaeological data have been widely used in the Mediterranean basin for the
reconstruction of sea-level change during historical times [i.e.: 1, 2, 3, 4 and
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/MH050011
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