The tomb of Villa Mansi consisted of an olla
containing the ashes of the dead, covered by a cup; the vessel with ashes
was further protected by a small, upturned dolio
. The olla itself was decorated along the neck and on the shoulder with a row of impressed rosettes that recall the small one found at Via del Poggione
: form and type of decoration are related to the bucchero production on Pisan territory.
The structure of the tomb finds an exact counterpart in the necropolis of S. Concordio-Via Squaglia
and in that of Pisa, where again we see the use of an olla in bucchero as cinerary vessel protected by small upturned dolii. This use, perhaps an economical substitute of the stone case, is common in all the north-western corner of Etruria.
The finds and the type of burial consent us to date the tomb of Villa Mansi to the transition period between VIIth
Maybe the tomb is what remains of a vaster necropolis, as fragments of other vases in bucchero, found during agricultural works, might suggest.