Page 423

an archaeological park. The most ancient finds, within the territory of Roccelletta,dating from the upper and lower paleolithic, are some finds composed of lithic industry on flint and obsidian,found in excavation campaign of 2002-2003, by L. Alessandri, R. Campanella, D. Righini, who conducted a series of surveys on behalf of the Superintendence of Calabria. The finds have been discovered on the hill called Santoregno, behind the plains that will host the classic city. Previously to these findings, there had emerged during the research conducted by Ermanno Arslan in the eighties, other finds dating back to the period pre-proto, coming from the hill of Rotondone, located next to that of Santoregno. As a result of further research carried out in the locality Fiasco by G. Grandinetti, in 1994, there emerged even some structures of built-up area during the bronze age.From the plateau of the same hill of Rotondone also come two axes of the Ancient Bronze Age (2000-1700) of probable ritual deposition , which constitute the first protohistoric finds recovered in the territory. The distribution of the finds and reports of a few assays performed ,return a situation of employment, or at least of frequentation of the territory,that is very ancient.From the unknown settlements of the Paleolithic, traced by the processing traces of the flint and obsidian located in locality Santoregno, we switch in the Bronze Age to settlements characterized by stable structures accompanied by the presence of ceramic materials related to sicilian facies of Rodi- Tindari-Vallelunga , up to materials of the facies Thapsos-Milazzese , with a significant increase of data for the period of the recent Bronze facies Ausonio I. Archeologically almost unknown is the structure of the Greek settlement, studded solely with sporadic materials. In addition to two coins including an incused stater in Crotone,belonging to the end of the sixth century B.C. , the oldest finds are a fragment of pottery with black figures, dating from the sixth century B.C. , and a lekytos miniaturists, dating back to the principle of the V century B.C. ,as a part of a funerary equipment reconstructed by the archaeologist Ruga in an "excavation stock."

At the end of the VI century B.C. are dated even two fragments of votive terracotta,

representing a female figure standing with crown held in hands and a female figure on the throne. Ceramic fragments are attested in greater number with red figures of the IV century BC as well as numerous fragments of campanian pottery.The only architectural fragment of Greek epoch is a portion of Doric capital in lmestone found in assays on the hill of the byzantine necropolis; the fragment was in fact re-used as filler material. The rigid profile of the echinos suggests a dating from the middle of the fourth century BC, the date of greek perpetual presence on the basis of these findings does not seem to be prior to the half of


Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project  
Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project