OLDEST TRACES OF HOMO ERECTUS FOUND NEAR S.AGATA
350.000 ys. oldest footprints of man
400.000 ys. rhino, hypo, elefants
The area of S. Agata de Goti is continuosly inhabited since at least 350.000 years.
Bronze Age tombs and artifacts suggest a densly populated area 4000 years ago
Sensational discovery made in 2007
The oldest traces of man, 350.000 years old and belonging to homo erectus, have been found imprinted in volcanic ashes near Caserta (10 km north-west of S. Agata), called the “devil’s footprints“.
ARCHAEO-MAP of S. Agata Area
Monte Traverso (pseudo pyramid) next to S.Agata is surrounded by prehistoric finds. 40.000 ys.old Hyppo bones, Bronze Age tombs and artifacts.
The pyramid hill seems to have suffered from land slide on its northern side, twisting the pyramid structure out of its original position (N-S-E-W). Perfect in shape and orientation is its western side which opens towards S.Agata town. River Isclero (ISCA=celtic name meaning cold, fast flowing river) follows the morphology of the terrain. The red square chain indicates morphological terraces. (map provided by Montesarchio museum/ Mr.Leonardo B.Romano,S.Agata)
GRAFFITI FOUND IN BRONZE AGE TOMB
Foto provided by the President of the Archeoclub S.Agata dei Goti Sig. Michele Biscardi
The tomb No 114-115, found in S.Agata vicinity, is a unique find of its kind because of its grafitti on the inside walls. The skeletons were dated back to 600 BC.
The grafitti slabs that build the tomb could not be dated and therefore may as well be much older, even back to 40.000 ys. ago. Paleolithic tools, traces of settlements and mammal bones (Hyppo antiquus) were found on the location of the tomb.