The presence of ancient structures was noted during a watching-brief undertaken at Monte di Mezzo to oversee ploughing for the replanting of a vineyard. Due to heavy damage caused by agricultural activity in the 1960’s only the lower parts off these structures survive, those dug into the bed-rock,. The structures, of varying periods, are spread across the summit of a tufaceous hill. The earliest consists of three wells, built using numerous tufa blocks, tiles and pottery, destroyed during the VI to V centuries B.C. In the hellenistic period two chamber tombs were built on the southern part of the hill, some of the grave goods from which were found partially scattered by modern ploughing. The so-called Tomb 1, rectangular in shape and with a loculus in the southern wall, contained numerous grave goods, in varying states of preservation, that date its use to between the III and first half of the I centuries B.C.. Tomb 2, also rectangular, contained grave goods that date its use to between the end of the IV and the III centuries B.C.. On the northern part of the hill a large rectangular room, an irregular shaped well and a cistern situated in an area of about 50×50m, attest the existence of a farm in the Roman period. The few pottery fragments recovered can be dated to the I and II centuries A.D.. (Fabrizio Felici, Cooperativa Archeologica Parsifal)
- Enrico Angelo Stanco - Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Etruria meridionale
- Fabrizio Felici - Cooperativa Archeologica Parsifal
- Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Etruria meridionale
- Agro Capenate soc. coop. a r.l.
- No files have been added yet