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Roman necropolis of Pievecchia


typology: Roman necropolis
Area: Versilia
District/Locality: Pietrasanta

In Pievecchia, at the foot of the first hills rising between Capezzano Pianore and Pietrasanta, a series of findings have brought to light remains of constructions, fragments of inscribed tombstones and pottery belonging to a necropolis in use between the Ist and the IInd century A.D. and probably close to a rural settlement.
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Remains cannot be seen; finds are kept at the Archeological Museum Bruno Antonucci a Pietrasanta
Historycal news

In the 1930's, during agricultural works in Pievecchia, some graves, covered and closed by large stone, slabs were discovered; later rests of Roman constructions, potsherds and building material were found.
These findings point to a burial area used in the first centuries of the Empire and probably close to a rural settlement, in line with a custom attested at Crocialetto, Montiscendi, Pieve di San Giovanni e Santa Felicita and Cafaggio.
The discovery of two tombstones is of particular interest: the one marking the tomb of the legionary L. Cornelius Macer, a Lucchese belonging to the 'Fabia' tribe and mentioned together with his son Primus, can be dated to the first decades of the Ist century A.D.; the second, datable between the Ist and the IInd century A.D., has a small arched pediment decorated with a rose amidst hanging buds; after an inscription dedicated to the 'Manes', guardians of the dead, a husband, whose name can be only read in part, remembers his wife Oppia Cyrilla.bibliography:
- Ciampoltrini G., Monumenti epigrafici, ), in Museo Archeologico Versiliese. Pietrasanta, Viareggio 1995
- Vaggioli M. A. , Pievecchia (Pietrasanta), in ), in Museo Archeologico Versiliese. Pietrasanta, Viareggio 1995
Bibliography

- Ciampoltrini G., Monumenti epigrafici, ), in Museo Archeologico Versiliese. Pietrasanta, Viareggio 1995
- Vaggioli M. A. , Pievecchia (Pietrasanta), in ), in Museo Archeologico Versiliese. Pietrasanta, Viareggio 1995

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