Panoramic view of Laghetto della Costa © Museo Nazionale Atestino di Este

  Arquà Petrarca  |     Laghetto Costa

Short description
The lakeside settlement of Laghetto della Costa lied on the shores of a large lake fed by underground springs of Colli Euganei hills. The large quantity of artefacts found in the pile dwelling at Arquà, mainly pottery, objects in bone and horn and worked stone, document the lengthy duration of the settlement, from the start of the Early Bronze Age to the start of the Late Bronze Age. The footed bowls with corded decorations, characteristic traces of the Copper Age, indicate the first phase of the site. The most significant phases, however, date from the Early and the Middle Bronze Age (2200-1300 BC). The many oval and truncated-conical goblets in black pottery date back to this period.

Bronze Age

Early Bronze Age - Late Bronze Age

Laghetto della Costa

4 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 1,56 ha / approx. 2 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 6,59 ha / approx. 9 soccer pitches

Special features & Highlights
Recent archaeological surveys and a review of excavation reports from the late nineteenth-early twentieth centuries show that the town was subdivided into multiple settlement nuclei and delimited at least in part by a fence.

Pottery from the pile dwelling site of Laghetto della Costa © Museo Nazionale Atestino di Este

Current activities
Ongoing protection action and enhancement activities.


Pile Dwellings up close
A special section is dedicated to the archaeological material from the UNESCO sites of Laghettodella Costa in the Museo Nazionale Atestino di Este museum.

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