Translated Jeff Matthews
The gun powder magazine may be totally or partially underground, or also on the surface but then generally covered with earth. It may serve both permanent and semi-permanent installations.
The magazine provides general storage space for military equipment as well as for ammunition reserves and may be dug into rock at the service of coastal batteries. In the counterscarp of Fort Demonte in Valle Stura, there is a large natural cave, most likely meant as storage space for fire-wood, that is dug entirely into the limestone rock.
Padovan Gianluca (ed. ), Archaeology of the Subsoil. Lectures and studies of artificial cavities. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1416, Oxford 2005.
Basilico Roberto et alii, Italian Cadastre of Artificial Cavities. Part 1. (Including introductory comments and a classification), B.A.R. International Series 1599, Oxford 2007.
Gianluca Padovan (Associazione S.C.A.M. – Federazione Nazionale Cavità Artificiali)
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