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  • Poggiarello Renzetti
  • Vetulonia
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  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Provincia di Grosseto
  • Castiglione della Pescaia

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  • Between 1985 and 1990, excavations in the locality of Poggiarello Renzetti uncovered a new atrium house (with structural analogies to coeval Pompeian houses such as the _ Domus Stalli Erotis_, the House of Parnassus) of the type known from the Falchi excavations 1895-1896. The occupation phases dated to between the beginning of the 2nd and mid 1st centuries B.C. when the structure was abandoned, probably due to a fire. A fragment from a figured architectural plaque was discovered below the atrium roof collapse. It was part of the series already found in the same place by Falchi and generally ascribed to the decoration of a naiskos, a find showing that these plaques were also used in private structures. The plaques have also suggested a new mythological interpretation of the figures (Medea at Corinth). The vivacity of commercial exchange in this period was documented by the presence among the finds of Rhodian amphorae, Spanish pottery, and Sardinian-Punic coins, not previously known at Vetulonia.

  • Mario Cygielman - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana 

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