The village used to occupy a flat area on the side of the hill facing the sea, just under the hilltop. A massive wall made of large shale and limestone blocks contained the terrace on which, among other structures, a cottage has been identified and explored. The cottage was built placing a stone foundation directly onto the rock of the hill, made even for this purpose; a wooden structure covered with clay rested upon this foundation. The scarcity of tiles and roofing leads us to think that also the covering consisted of perishable materials. Inside, the cottage was equipped along its walls with a shoulder containing a cavity for the hearth. Various domestic activities are attested by materials found in the collapsed layers: spindles
, spools and loom weights are proof of spinning and weaving, as the presence of linseeds further confirms; grindstones and grinders, a wooden spoon and a large pot containing broad beans are proof of the art of cookery. The presence of black glazed pottery
produced in Latium and northern Etruria and of commercial amphorae
from southern Etruria, the Campania-Latium region and Marseille shows relations with the ports along the coast. The condition of economic prosperity is further stressed by a silver coin showing the hippocampus
, of Pisan mintage, according to a conjecture; three further specimens have been found in the contemporary settlement of Romito di Pozzuolo
by Lucca. The cottage and, with it, the village were abandoned by the second half of the IIIrd
century B.C.; there are no signs of its violent destruction.
- Paribeni E., Storti S., Vaggioli M. A., Bora dei Frati (Pietrasanta), in E. Paribeni (a cura di) Etruscorum ante quam ligurum. La Versilia tra VII e III sec. a.C., Pontedera 1990