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“Riccardo Francovich” Centre for the Documentation of the Territory

Discovering archeological artefacts from the castle in Scarlino that attest to the local history

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Strada Provinciale 135 Vetta, 58020 La Botte GR, Italia

The “Riccardo Francovich” Centre for Documentation is located inside the town hall in Scarlino and brings together archeological artefacts found during excavations at the castle.

The archeological pieces allow for scholars to reconstruct a residential centre on the hill in Scarlino, dating to the Bronze Age. The stronghold was later abandoned and occupied again in the late Etruscan era. The site’s saw its longest use between the 7th and 11th centuries BCE, when a 1,500-square metre complex of homes was built. Later on, the site was settled in the late-Republic and Roman period and abandoned again until late-Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.

The castle and the walls surrounding the entire village were rebuilt in the 14th century, when the fortress became part of the principality of Piombino, under the rule of the Appiano family, leading to a period of stability and economic growth.

The centre includes a documentation of the main monuments and archeological sites in the territory and several objects of everyday use that illustrate the various phases of life in the area around the castle from the Bronze Age (around 2000 BCE) to the 17th century.

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The name Scarlino comes from the Gothic word “scherlin,” meaning “torch-light procession,” and points to the role played by the town’s lighthouse in the Roman port of Scabris (today’s Puntone port.) Recent archeological digs in the Puntone area unearthed an important Etruscan necropolis and burial mound, signs of early settlements dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries BCE. ...