Facies of the pile dwellings and of the dammed settlements

The facies of the pile dwellings and of the dammed settlements (Italian: facies delle palafitte e degli abitati arginati) is a cultural aspect of the middle and recent Bronze Age that developed between eastern Lombardy, Trentino and western Veneto. It was followed in the final Bronze Age by the Proto-Villanovan culture and by the Luco culture.


The continuity with the previous Polada culture of the ancient Bronze Age seems to be unbroken. The villages, as in the previous phase, are on stilts and are concentrated in the area of the Lake of Garda. In the plains appear instead villages with levees and ditches.

The Bronze metallurgy (weapons, work tools etc.) was well developed among these populations. As for the burial customs both cremation and inhumation were praticted. Sometimes the two rites coexisted in the same necropolis, as at "Olmo di Nogara".

Archaeological evidences suggests that the society was probably dominated by a warrior elite[1]


  1. Anna Maria Bietti Sestieri, Protostoria (2000)(Italian)


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