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Pellio d'Intelvi Castrum (Roman Fort)

Italia, Regione Lombardia, provincia di Como, Pellio Intelvi

Positioning

Pellio Superiore - chiesa di S. Giorgio

COORDINATES
(CH 1903) E   725650 N   93346 H   824.0
(WGS 84) Long.   9.060 Lat.   45.980
GENERAL EVALUATION
DIFFICULTY
INTERESSE CONTESTUALE Landscape, Archaeological
ARCHAEOSITE   fortification structure

DESCRIPTION

At Pellio Superiore (CO), near the Church of Saint George, in a highly strategic position, a fortified building dating back to the tenth to eleventh centuries was located and excavated. To date the find has included a dozen silver coins from the Ottonian Period, coined in the mints of Milan and Pavia. It is curious that seven burial of cattle were found within the rooms, probably immediately after the abandonment of the fort. Also interesting is the discovery of a tunnel, of the same age as the outside walls, which reached an underground well.

INSIGHT

Near the town of Pellio there is a hillock about a hundred metres to the southeast of the ancient church dedicated to Saint George, mentioned in a will dating back to 1186 AD. It is a small, flat-topped plateau, 43 metres long and 28 metres wide. Investigations carried out since 1995 have identified the remains of a rectangular building with an inner surface of 500 square metres. It is also interesting to note the presence, near the southeast corner of the structure, of an imposing brickwork a good three metres thick which stands for a short distance. It is believed to be the remains of the surrounding walls, built along the entire perimeter of the plateau. During the investigation, seven silver coins with the name of Emperor Otto I and dating back to the tenth century AD were found in different parts of the structure. The date has been confirmed by the use of radiocarbon dating on some charcoal remains. The age obtained through subsequent calibration ranges from 950 AD to 1050 AD.

scala temporale periodi geologici

HOW TO REACH THE SITE

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THE VISIT

http://www.icastelli.it/castle-1258292058-castrum_di_pellio_di_intelvi-it.php

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Programma di cooperazione transfrontaliera Italia - Svizzera 2007 - 2013 Progetto cofinanziato dal Fondo Europeo Sviluppo Regionale (FESR)
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