The case tomb
was composed of six stone slabs. The ashes of the dead were preserved in two ollae
made of bucchero
and covered with cups showing a decoration of impressed rosettes. The cinerary urns
were accompanied by two vessels in bucchero (one oinochoe
and one kantharos
), two iron spearheads and two small bronze mirrors
. The cippo a clava
, found in the proximity, was probably used to mark the case tomb, or a group of tombs. The marker, made of white Apuan marble, had a cone-shaped trunk and a bulbous base used for embedding it. Altogether it measured almost 3 m. and is so the highest among those found in Versilia.
The burial, within a stone case, proves the persistence of an ancient ritual (Iron Age
), whereas the "cippo a clava" and the equipment of the tomb, datable between the end of the VIIth
and the beginning of the VIth
century B.C., belong to the Etruscan culture. The vases in bucchero, whose forms show that they were used to pour and drink wine, were produced in the Etruscan town of Pisa and suggest that the local community had adopted the custom of banqueting. The spears, finally, indicate the burial of a warrior, i.e. of a person belonging to the aristocratic class.
- Fabiani F., I cippi funerari versiliesi e il loro contesto, in Paribeni E. (a cura di), Acheronticae columellae. Cippi funerari della Versilia etrusca, Pietrasanta 1999