The Bronze Age settlement was probably situated in the area around the lower peak of the mountain; an excavation probe, made in 1984 on the north-western side, has permitted the identification of a layer rich in charcoal, probably belonging to a temporary dwelling, hut or tent. The pottery finds, mainly ollae
and streamlined bowls, can be referred to an advanced stage of the Final Bronze Age
An excavation campaign carried out, again in 1984, on the northern side of Capriola (excavation area A), identified a heap consisting of the decayed rests of a Ligurian settlement, which might have been originally situated on the highest peak of the relief. In addition to a few pottery finds still belonging to the Final Bronze Age, fragments o black glazed pottery
, fine earthenware (cups and jugs) of Ligurian production, impasto
kitchenware and wine amphorae
were also retrieved. Two other small dwellings (areas 1 and 2), probably simple cottages made of perishable material, were also situated on the southern side of the mountain.
Particularly abundant among the finds are fragments of amphorae datable between the IIIrd
century a.D.; more abundant, indeed, than the impasto pottery, showing how widespread the consumption of wine already was among the Apuan Ligurians. The wine amphorae, that could be reused as containers for different foodstuffs, are a characteristic of all Ligurian settlements in this period.