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TROPEA AND ARCHEOLOGY

written by Chiara Guzzetti

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In the area of Torre Galli, inland of Tropea, a Pre-Hellenic necropolis was unearthed, dating back to the late Iron Age, whose remains proved to be of great importance for an understanding of the Italian community in the period immediately preceding Greek colonisation.
The 336 graves, mostly inhumations, provided a great deal of funerary apparel, among which bowls, cups, earthenware jars, cloth weights, necklaces, buckles, and weapons of different kinds.

In the Annunziata area, in the cemetery, another native Iron Age necropolis was discovered: this time a mixed rite burial, from which much funerary apparel was recovered.
Inside one of the tombs a very interesting bi-conical cinerary urn of the proto-Villanovian , that testifies to the penetration of the Villanovian culture in this area in the protohistoric period.

Inland from the town, specifically on the Santa Domenica farm, the remains of Greek and roman buildings were unearthed along with various silver coins from the Roman republican age.

On Capo Vaticano on the Brattirò farm traces of a Latin settlement were found, while near Torre Lunga finally, were found a paleo-Christian catacomb and various fragments of proto-Christian tombal inscriptions.

TROPEA: OTHER GUIDES

  • Tropea's Chiesa dell'Isola

    written by Cedric Mills

    It is pleasant stroll up to the Chiesa dell'Isola, a church dedicated to seafarers, that sits on top of a rocky outcrop that juts out into the sea. Some believe that it rose on the site of a fourth-century Basilian cell; we know, however, that Pope... continue

  • Tropea's Old Town

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    Slightly damaged by the disastrous seventeenth and eighteenth-century earthquakes, it has kept its origin urban physiognomy of almost integral buildings from those centuries. Here noblemen's houses of great beauty and architectural value can be... continue

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