Abstract The fossil site of Pietraroja (Lower Cretaceous, Southern Italy) is known since the 18th century for its fossil fish (‘ittioliti’). Unfortunately, no serious attempt at systematic excavation or palaeoecological reconstruction has been done at this date, although some sample excavations have been conducted during the last two decades of the 20th century. In the first months of 2001, due to the building of a new water reservoir in the area of the site, some sampling excavations were performed to assess the possibility of building. The area examined was small, but still some interesting hints to the palaeoenvironment of Pietraroja have been unearthed.
Although a complete sedimentological and palaeoenvironmental model has been published by the author and colleagues of the University of Napoli “Federico II” (Carannante et al., in prep.), some brief notes about the excavation and field evidence will be presented in this paper.
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