A residential centre and a cult area dated 4.000 years ago were brought to light by the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the independent province of Trent (Italy).
The small village of Gardolo di Mezzo, just few kilometres north from Trent, is going to become one of the most important locations for the archeology in the italian Alps.
The in-depth inquiries brought on by the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the independent province of Trent since 2003 are revealing one of the most important archaeological sites dated back to Bronze Age in the south of the Alps. It is considered as the most important archaeological discovery which was ever made in the Trentin territory in the latest years.
Till August 2003, Gardolo di Mezzo was not so well known for its archaeological sites but for the ruins of the wall of an ancient castle dated to the Middle Ages, located to the top of the “Doss de Luna”.
In occasion of the archaeological pre-checks of the excavation which were made during a parcelling out of a building site project, this area became very interesting for what concerns the archaeological discoveries of the land.
Exceptional ruins of a huge scientific and archaeological value were found during the excavation campaign; in particular, tumulus structure, indicators of the presence of a sacred location, with funerary purposes and, later on in the centuries, dedicated to the ancestors cult.
Moreover, the tumuli in Gardolo Di Mezzo have been compared and relationed to a residential area nearby, which was built in the same period, and which has to be still explored by the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage.