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Protohistoric settlement in the locality “Le Guaite” – Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo

Via Castelliere, loc. Le Guaite – 37020 Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo (VR)
Summary


The archaeological area of the locality “Le Guaite” in “Sant’Anna di Alfaedo” is constituted by the remains of the defensive walls that were built during middle and recent Bronze age in order to protect a hill settlement.

History of research

The excavations were carried out by between 1960 and 1961 by the Civic Museum of Natural History of Verona and between 1996 and 1997 by the General Direction for Archaeological Heritage in the Veneto region.

Urban and geographical context

The settlement “Le Guaite” is located in the Lessini mountains, on a hill between the Valpolicella and the Fumane valleys, at an altitude of about 850 metres above sea level and just out of the village of Sant’Anna di Alfaedo.

Chronology

Middle and recent Bronze age

Description

The settlement “Le Guaite” at “Sant’Anna di Alfaedo” is constituted by a set of dry stone walls that represent the southern and most defended part of a prehistoric hill settlement of middle and late Bronze age (1700 – 1200 B.C.). The wall has a wedged shape and it is made with a load-bearing technique, that means through the construction of two parallel dry-stone walls filled in with small stones and soil. The wall is over 3 metres thick and suggests its defensive function. No trace is remaining of the rectangular huts that were found during the excavations. At present time the vegetation has covered great part of the ancient structures, which nevertheless are still visible.


Visiting

Admission: Libero

Visitability: Interno

Ticket: No

Price: Free entrance for the schools

School access

Opening Times

Recommended tour time (minutes): 40

Educational Services

Information boards


Bibliography

Zorzi F. 1961, Sant’Anna di Alfaedo, in Rivista di Scienze Preistoriche, XVI, pp. 263.
Salzani L. 1981, Preistoria in Valpolicella, Verona.
Fasani L. 1984, L’età del Bronzo, in Il Veneto nell’antichità. Preistoria e Protostoria, a cura di Aspes A., Verona, pp. 451-614.
Bonetto J. 2009, Veneto (Archeologia delle Regioni d’Italia), Roma, pp. 463.


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