Building recording

The ruins at Colle San Vitale were a focus for building recording.

Building recording is the process of examining a building to discover the various repairs, rebuilds and extensions it has undergone during its life. Archaeologists that specialise in building recording can accurately date these kinds of developments from the way they look and how they were constructed.

The SicTransit project used building recording as a key part of its investigations at Colle San Vitale, on the rocky spur above the town of Castronovo. San Vitale is a fine defensive site with steep sides that overlooking the town, its gardens and fountains, and was almost certainly a development of the Muslim occupation of the 9-10th centuries. Through investigation, Alessandra Molinari was also able to see that the chapel of San Vitale was actually a refashioned Norman keep (dongione).

One of the areas on Colle San Vitale that was the focus of building recording.

The spur of San Vitale, a favourite venue for an evening stroll by locals, had many other ruined buildings on it. Several of them were churches and the team set about recording them all. Paola Orecchioni excavated at the side of the church of the Guidice Guisto and found a former entrance way and the grave of a 14th century knight [warning: image of human remains].