A two-phase Etruscan farmstead near the Albegna Valley dating to the sixth century BC. It is one of a very few excavated examples, providing information on rural life, including wine production and ceramics. The first phase dated to the late sixth or early fifth century BC and comprised a single-room structure of drystone/pebble walls, flanked by a wooden portico. A short period later, after the destruction of this building, a more complex building of better finish was erected, with several rooms adjoining a courtyard. This is the phase that has evidence for wine production and possibly cheese making.

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  • ALBEGNA VALLEY —    The substantial (67 kilometers long) river valley that divides North Etruria from South Etruria and formed an important political frontier during Etruscan times. The valley is traditionally considered to have been dominated by the city of… …   Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

  • BRITISH SCHOOL AT ROME (ACADEMIA BRITANNICA) —    The institution in Rome founded in 1901 that provides the infrastructure for arts and humanities research in Italy. In the context of the Etruscan research, it is famous for the surface survey of the territories of Veii and Tuscania, the city… …   Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

  • ETRUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE —    The definition of the Etruscan countryside presupposes the existence of the city, and thus can be formally defined as existing from the sixth century BC. This is also the period when a dramatic increase in population within the countryside can …   Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

  • DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE —    The best direct evidence for domestic architecture has been found in some of the more extensive excavations of smaller settlements, most notably at Acquarossa and San Giovenale, as well as Marzabotto. The earlier structures of the eighth and… …   Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

  • RURAL SETTLEMENT —    The study of Etruscan rural settlement remained underrepresented until relatively recently. Evidence for rural settlement has now been recovered for the territories of Caere, Nepi, Tuscania, and Veii, among other cities. The most important… …   Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

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