La Storia di Due Colline: L’area della Città di Catania Nell’età del Bronzo Medio

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The prehistory of the urban area of Catania has been a puzzle for scholars and students due to scarcity of data, frequently acquired during acciden-tal interventions throughout the past century, and relativity of the archaeological research. For the Middle Bronze Age, the most significant documents have been provided by the complex of Barriera caves, explored by Paolo Orsi in 1898, and by the Montevergine hill, where in several single excavations a handful of decontextualized Thapsos ceramics have been col-lected. A new significant evidence has come from the exploration of the Leucatia hill, also known as monte San Paolillo, in the north-eastern suburb of the city, where excavations carried out by the Superintendence of Catania in 1994 and 1996 un-covered traces of a continuous occupation from Neolithic to Archaic period. The evidence of monte San Paolillo is crucial to understand main cultural dynamics during prehistory in the area of Catania. In particular, the abundance of Thapsos ce-ramics retrieved there, compared with those already known from the other two sites allows us, for the first time, to attempt the definition of the Thapsos pottery production in the Catania territory. In particular, the comparison between the cases of the two hills, Montevergine and monte San Paolillo, could shed light on the settling patterns and strategies of the natives living in the place of the future Chaldician colony.

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La Storia di Due Colline: L’area della Città di Catania Nell’età del Bronzo Medio, in F. Nicoletti (Ed.), Catania Antica. Nuove Prospettive di Ricerca, Regione Sicilia, p. 143-162