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26 September 2003
Bronze Age necropolis found in Italy

How did the men of the oldest northern Italian populations organise their villages? How did they live and with what rites did they pass on to the other world? An answer to these question might also come from the hundreds of tombs found in Casinalbo, near Modena, where research done by the Modena Archaeological Museum, in collaboration with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and with the City of Formigine, brought the discovery of an important necropolis from the Bronze Age, between 1500 and 1200 BCE.
     About 400 tombs have already been discovered in the archaeological site. It is quite an important archaeological find, as no other necropolis of this size and age had ever been found south of the Po River. The site, directed by Andrea Cardarelli, professor of prehistory and proto-history at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and scientific consultant to the Archaeological Museum, was excavated by many university students in the degree course of applied science to the arts, who worked together with archaeological operators of the museum.

Source: AGI (24 September 2003)

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