In order to ensure the preservation and the enhancement of archaeological findings, Snam has adopted a way of working which today is considered a best practice on an international level
In more than 70 years, safeguarding Italian energy security, Snam has laid down infrastructure in the whole Peninsula, from the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. Building an over 32,500 km-long network in areas full of history and with such a complex orography led Snam to develop a particular care for environmental, landscape and archaeological sites protection. In order to ensure the preservation and the enhancement of archaeological findings, Snam adopted a work model which today is considered a best practice on an international level.
In each construction phase, Snam avails itself of the specialized support of an archaeological team, selected by local authorites, that cooperates with the companies responsible for laying down the pipe, also supervising the work. The team then communicates in real time to authorities the progress of the building site, possible findings and further examinations to carry out.
During the preliminary archaeological investigations for the construction of a gas compressor station in Sergnano (CR), several traces of the earliest human habitation dating from the Mesolithic to the Roman age were brought to light. One of the most interesting finds is a ceramic vase covered by an overturned bowl, placed in a pit. Its use as a cinerary urn has been defined by the presence of burnt human bones inside it. The find is isolated and may have been part of a larger necropolis that was destroyed over time. Due to the shape of the vase and the funerary rite practised, the finding is dated to the end of the Middle Bronze Age, about 1400 - 1300 BC.
During the works for the connection of the Piceno East rest area, rural settlements dating back to Roman times have re-emerged in the Campofilone area. Specifically, some sectors of a large villa were found. The finding, at the current state of the investigation, shows a linear development of at least 80 meters and which, by extension and articulation, is unique for the coastal area that develops from Fermo up to San Benedetto del Tronto.
In the winter of 2017, while constructing a variant of the pipeline "Mediterranean-Italy", there was a recovery of a large complex of the Roman period, including monumental structures, and reached by a paved road.
Dating back to the II-I century BC, the complex probably was an artisan-production site, among the many rustic-residential villas that characterise the Sabine side of the Regional Natural Park of Monti Lucretili.
The remains of a Roman villa dating back to the first century A.D., along with numerous tools and valuable objects, indicative of a well-off community settled in Vercelli , emerged during construction of the pipeline "Vercelli-Cavaglià" in 2015.
While maintaining in 2017 a natural gas pipeline that crosses the municipality, a burial ground, the walls of a villa of a total length of 50 meters and an ancient road were found. The road was one of the main axes parallel to the ancient Appian way crossing the town.
During construction of the Cervignano-Mortara pipeline, a key infrastructure to the further development of the East-West axis of the gas transmission network through the Po Valley, Roman remains (I-IV century BC) were found in the surroundings of Lodi. The findings probably concern a small rural settlement and consist of numerous brick fragments and typical cobblestone which formed the foundations of the buildings. An ancient cistern and various artifacts used for food storage were also recovered.
Basalica di Calvisano
A vast burial site has been found during the construction of the Snam Zimella-Cervignano d'Adda gas pipeline in Basalica di Calvisano (BS). The site, discoverd during the preventive archaeological surveys conducted in by the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage, included three pit graves and one with a more complex structure, consisting of a large quadrangular pit, inside which there was a low platform. The burial rituals allowed to date the discovery at the Copper Age.
15 March 2022 - 15:30 CET