Book Published on Sorgenti della Nova
A short but complete guide to the excavations of the area of Sorgenti della Nova (in the province of Viterbo – Italy), dating back to XI-X century B.C., has been published, illustrating the results of the 30 year long excavation campaigns lead by the University of Studies of Milan.
The book, whose authors are Nuccia Negroni Catacchio and Massimo Cardosa, is part of the publications undertaken by the Center for Prehistoric and Archaeological Studies in Milan.
Built during the XI century B.C., placed on a cliff of tuff and pumice, near the place where two rivers merge, at the heart of the tuscan-latium part of Maremma, the bronze age settlement of Sorgenti della Nova represents a privileged area of knowledge of the proto-Etruscan world thanks to the richness and abundance of its archaeological remains, only partly influenced by modern human interventions.
Regardless of the partial damages caused by works at a quarry that was active until 1975, in was actually possible to discover and to bring to light numerous artificial caves and hut foundations, apart from various secondary structures as unloading pits, basins for gathering water, small drainage channels, cooking ovens, that highlight the monumental characteristics and the “proto-urban” form of the settlement.
The attention regarding Sorgenti della Nova is completed in the end by the partial overlapping on the proto-historic settlement by the medieval center called Castiglione, dominated by the remains of a high tower and those of a small church, surrounded by numerous rocky habitations. The excavations are under way since the 1970s and are still led by the University of Studies in Milan in collaboration with the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of Southern Etruria.