Cavriana (MN) | Bande - Corte Carpani
The settlement of Bande di Cavriana, reported for the first time in 1878, was inhabited from the Early to the Late Bronze Age. Thanks to the waterlogged environment many of the wooden structures of the pile dwelling have been preserved quite well. The rich collection of pottery and tools, the presence of Nordic amber and faience, but above all the Brotlaibidole (‘enigmatic tablets’) confirm that interactions with othercultural areas of Central Europe took place. In 1970 a particularly interesting deposit of grape pips was found (at present an attempt is being made to identify the genome).Their concentration and the quantity suggest that they were used to make a fermented drink.
Early- and Late Bronze Age
peat bog Cavriana
Size of the site 7,32 ha / approx. 10 soccer pitches
Size of the bufferzone 36,39 ha / approx. 51 soccer pitches
Special Features & Highlights
Among the artefacts found at Bande di Cavriana are a loaf of bread dating back to 2006-1950 BC and some “enigmatic tablets” (Brotlaibidole)
Paleo-environmental and paleo-botanic research is currently carried out by Italian and foreign institutions. The museum Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Mantovano in Cavriana has a partial reconstruction of the pile dwelling on display.
Pile Dwellings up close
There are no visible structures, but a visitor’s route has been organised with informational signs about the area of natural interest, which makes it possible to imagine the area in ancient times and appreciate the local geomorphology.
Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Mantovano
Piazza Castello, 5
I – 46040 CAVRIANA (MN)
+39 0376 806330
Archaeological National Museum of Mantua
COMPLESSO MUSEALE DI PALAZZO DUCALE
Piazza Paccagnini, 3 - 46100 Mantova
+39 0376 352100