B7 – Paleocene to Quaternary stratigraphic evolution of Majella Carbonate Platform (Central Apennines):
From geological and archeological events to the potential carbonate reservoir


Marco Brandano, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Laura Tomassetti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Irene Cornacchia, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Luis Pomar, University of the Balearic Islands
Silvano Agostini, Soprintendenza Archeologia dell’Abruzzo, Italy

Contact person: marco.brandano@uniroma1.it

Type: Post-Meeting
Duration: 2 days
Cost: € 190,00
Start: Rome (14th September 2019 – early morning)
End: Rome (15th September 2019 – late evening)
Difficulty level: Medium
Participants: min 8 max 16

 B7 - Paleocene to Quaternary stratigraphic evolution of Majella Carbonate Platform (Central Apennines) | Post  meeting Trips | IAS 2019 Rome
Non depositional escarpment that separated shallow-water platform carbonates from onlapping slope sediments

Excellent continuous exposures of Paleocene to Miocene carbonate ramp deposits along the Majella NNW flank (e.g. Orfento and S. Bartolomeo valleys), allow to investigate facies changes both along and across the ramp environment. Relationships among sedimentary structures and depositional processes, among stratigraphic architecture and syn/post-depositional tectonics are investigated and discussed. Moreover, extensive well known bitumen shows, found both along fractured zones and in the rock matrix, are analysed and possible controlling factors are discussed.
The Majella Mountain is also characterized by several archaeological, historical and artistic testimonies dating back to the earliest prehistory. They consist of Paleolithic open air sites, neolithic and metal age settlements.
The rock art date from the Paleolithic (black or red anthropomorphic paintings) to the Middle Ages up to historical times. The Valle Giumentina Pleistocene open-air site represents one of the most important Paleolithic site in the area and is closely located to many of the archeological and historical sites described above.


Rome to Passo Lanciano (Chieti) (2 hours, minibus), departure from Rome (14th Sept) at 7.00 am, return to Rome (15th Sept) at 20.00

Technical Information

The fieldtrip is planned as few minutes walks for reaching outcrops. The excursion take place at relatively mid altitude (700 – 2000 m), all the participants require comfortable walking boots, a waterproof jacket is essential. In September the weather is relatively stable although quickly changes with rain are possible.