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The History

Discover the origin of the ‘Aquae Patavinae’ and the history of the Euganean thermal area...


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Artifacts and a possible village from the so-called “Fonteghe” area
Arquà Petrarca, 6th – 3rd century B.C. (Iron Age)

After the Second World War, during the excavation of a bog in the “Fonteghe” area of Arquà Petrarca, some artifacts possibly related to a settlement dating to the VI – III century B.C. (Iron Age) emerged.

Storia degli Studi

The archaeological discoveries date back to 1947, during the excavations for the extraction of peat. However the works, given the importance assumed by peat in the post-war, were not supervised by qualified personnel and the discoveries were not documented. The only information currently available derive from a few artifacts without context that were handed by the quarrymen to Adolfo Callegari, at that time director of the National Museum of Este.


Preistoria e Protostoria

The excavations brought to light a fibula of "Certosa" type, in use between the end of VI and III century B.C. (Iron Age), which was possibly related to a settlement on Mount Bignago. Even a ceramic bowl, found in another part of the plain, can be dated to the same period.
A human skeleton, perhaps an ancient burial, was discovered under a thick layer of peat almost three feet deep: the total absence of grave goods, however, prevents a specific dating.



Artifacts and settlement: 6th – 3rd century B.C. (Iron Age)


Contesto geografico ed urbanistico

The finds come from the valley below Fonteghe street, in the homonymous locality of Arquà Petrarca.



Callegari A., Arquà Petrarca, in Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1948, pp. 8-10.


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