View of the underwater surveys in the area of the pile dwelling site © MiBACT

  Sirmione (BS)  |     Lugana Vecchia

Short description
The pile-dwelling settlement of Lugana Vecchiais situated on the eastern shore of the long, thin tongue of land that forms the Sirmione peninsula. The pile dwelling, known thanks to occasional finds during various dives in the nineteen-seventies,is thought to be situated about 100 metres from the shore and to measure 125 meters by 90 meters.The research made it possible to outline a settlement that probably had a central area (about 100 square meters) characterised by large piles, and another area, formed of smaller timber structures, perhaps supports for walkways linking the homes with the dry land.

Bronze Age

2200 - 1200 B.C.

Garda Lake

64 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 2,58 ha / approx. 4 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 11,85 ha / approx. 17 soccer pitches

Special features & Highlights
A group of objects, perhaps a deposit from a Middle Bronze Age foundry, was found in a specific area of the pile dwelling, beyond a series of piles with square holes and a heap of stones. Finds from the area include small copper ingots, rods, slag, waste and rejected pieces to be melted down, as well as awls and chisels used for finishing and decorating the final products.

Bronze axe blades from the pile dwelling site © MiBACT

Current activities
The Museum of Desenzano organises educational activities around the pile dwelling theme.

Pile Dwellings up close

Museo Archeologico di Sirmione
Piazza OrtiManara, 4
Sirmione (BS)
+39 030 916157
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Museo Civico Archeologico„G. Rambotti“
Via Anelli, 42
Desenzano del Garda (BS)
+39 030 9144529
MuseoArcheologico „G. Rambotti“ – Desenzano del Garda