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June 7, 2020

Montecchio – Copio Necropolis

Contacts

Telephone: (+39) 0744.951698
E-mail montecchio@sistemamuseo.it

Opening times of the Necropolis

Mid-March to September: Sundays and holidays guided hourly visits with departure from the Municipal Antiquarium of Tenaglie at 10:30 and 17:00.

August: Saturday, Sunday and holidays hourly guided tours with departure from the Municipal Antiquarium of Tenaglie at 10:30 and 17:00

October to mid-January: Sunday and holidays guided hourly visits with departure from the Antiquarium Comunale di Tenaglie at 11:00 and 15:30.

Closed from mid-January to mid-March and 25 December – Open by reservation on other days of the week

Located between Montecchio and Baschi the necropolis is oriented towards the San Lorenzo stream and represents one of the largest pre-Roman necropolises discovered in Umbria. It testifies to the existence of a thriving center still not identified, in the immediate vicinity of the Tiber river. The visit to the necropolis is facilitated by a guide and equipped route also with areas for parking.

In ancient times the territory of Montecchio was occupied by a population of Italic origin, which right here must have had its residential settlement, as evidenced by the presence of an important necropolis. The discovery of the Necropolis took place by the Bagnorese archaeologist Domenico Golini in the mid-1800s. The Necropolis of the Vallone San Lorenzo is of considerable value. The tombs are lined up in dense succession and on different levels that testify a population of vast size and widespread well-being. The tombs are all chambered, dug into the “matile”, river-like sedimentary rock, generally consisting of an open-air dromos (corridor), followed by the quadrangular funeral environment, with perimeter funeral dock and outfits. The closure of the tombs is made by huge travertine blocks.

The area where the Necropolis is located undoubtedly represents a significant environmental and naturalistic value which adds to the archaeological interest, giving the area an extraordinary charm. The deceased were placed on the docks without the use of crates. The side docks were intended for the deposition of the bodies and the funerary equipment was placed in the central dock. The deceased were placed supine with their heads towards the bottom, the prolonged use of the structures meant that the bodies were superimposed or that the remains were piled up at the edges of the docks. The men were naked with a spear at their side, the women wore a long tunic stopped by iron fibulae and their hair styled with gold and silver pigtails. The trousseau was made up of dishes, bowls, vases, knives and everyday objects that had been close to him in his life on earth.

The most frequent type of objects in the present kits is: Doli, Oinochoe, kylix and kylikes, all objects that were used to serve drinks and drinks, the kit was used for the funeral banquet of the deceased and life after death. The funeral items are visible today at the Antiquarium in the nearby hamlet of Tenaglie.

(Photo credits: Luca Marani)