(o Castrum Capriniani)
Caprignano was placed on the hill rocky (400 meters above sea level) before
Aspra, which is separated by a deep chasm called "Conca of shame". The
remains of the fortified village are still visible today if the walls facing
towards Via dei Rivellini. Lacking news relating to its origin, dating back
approximately half between the ages X and XI. Del "Castrum Capriniani" speak
the parchments of Aspra for the first time in 1172 in an act of sale where,
as a reference to the border, there is mention of a "domino silva communis
et de Caprignano et de Castle Donnuccio" Then again, in 1183 and in 1273.
The construction, originally wooden Corsican became in its evolution masonry
and fortified. In the eighties the campaign of excavations, organized
dall'Ecole Française in Rome, reported to light the main structures and
helped recover numerous items, pottery, glass, coins, iron objects which
have provided important information on the material culture of the small
The castle was abandoned in the early fourteenth century, following its
destruction accomplished by Aspresi after the dispute with Cardinal John
Boccamazza, protected by Pope Boniface VIII, who in 1298 had bought a large
part of housing threatening the survival and independence the nearby Aspra.
In December 1304 a wide range of Fanti and armed knights went near the
castle and demolirono the tower, buildings, walls, houses and "fortellitas"
and burned. The fate of the inhabitants, in the documents, non vien
disclosed. Almost certainly they abandoned their Castrum home and became
community members Aspra.
the hill of Caprignano is property of ASPRA (Association for Historic
Archaeological Research) founded by George Perrini.
Française de Rome
excavation on the hill Caprignano. The lawyer Perrini has kindly made
available is the place that economic commitments.
More campaigns excavation have enabled the EFR to produce extensive
documentation (for now only in French) also found at his large library.
(Community of Casperia, prov. Rieti) BOUGARD-HUBERT-NOYE ', "Mélanges
Française de l'Ecole de Rome. Ages Moyen-Temps Modernes, 98 (1986), pp.
Du village because au Castrum: le site de Caprignano en Sabine
BOUGARD HUBERT-NOYE ', in AA.VV, Structures habitats et de l'occupation du
sol dans les pays méditerranéens. Les méthodes et l'contracting the
extensive archeology, Paris, 1984, pp. 443-463
Caprignano (Casperia prov. Rieti) G. NOYE ', "Mélanges
Française de l'Ecole de Rome.
Modernes, 96 (1984), pp. 958-972.