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  • Formigosa
  • Formigosa
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  • Italy
  • Lombardy
  • Province of Mantua
  • Mantova

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Monuments

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Chronology

  • 300 AD - 600 AD

Season

    • The removal of the ploughsoil over a surface of circa 1650 m2, destined for use as a car park, revealed 51 burials of late antique date, many of which were damaged by ploughing. A number of the burials were arranged in somewhat irregular rows, on a N-S- alignment, others were scattered without any precise order and on different alignments. A total of 22 individuals were counted with the head to the east in the southern zone of the excavation and along the western perimeter. The individuals with their heads placed to the west were situated in the north-western area. Burials were identified in simple earth graves, in masonry built tombs, in amphorae and one direct cremation. Most of the burials were in sub-oval earth graves that were wider at shoulder height. Almost all the bodies were in a supine position with the arms along their sides. Some had one or both forearms bent across the pelvis. In one case the skeleton was in a semi-fetal position on its right side, the head to the west, the arms straight and the legs bent. Another individual had the lower arms bent and the legs crossed. In a double tomb the individuals were buried close to each other lying on their left sides; the taller individual had the left arm below the upper body of the smaller individual and the right hand above it. One case appears to be a direct cremation, with partial burning of the bones which were still articulated. In two cases the burials were in masonry built tombs. There were a number of infant burials within amphorae produced in Gaza (end 4th-6th century A.D.), Africa (4th-5th century A.d.) and containers of semi-refined impasto. There were few grave goods or objects of personal ornament: globular jars, bronze fibulae and buttons, small amphorae, bronze bracelets. With one exception all the burials were situated to the south of an enclosure formed by a palisade. (Silvana Attene, Elena Maria Menotti)

Bibliography

    • S. Attene, E.M. Menotti, 2005, Mantova. Localit√† Formigosa. Lottizzazione "Fornaci". Necropoli tardoantica, in NOTIZIARIO 2005, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Lombardia: 122.