The archaeological investigations conducted continuously between 2009 and 2015 at La Quercia site in the Municipality of Marzabotto, have brought to light the remains of an Etruscan settlement. The settlement consisted of five large structures and five kilns for pottery production. The study of the materials allowed to place its flourishing in the 5th century BC, with traces of an earlier phase and a parasitic occupation later. The excavation of the structures and a large canal has returned a wide variety of materials: alongside a not very significant presence of Attic pottery, but also of metals, glass paste, lithic material, rare bricks, and abundant concotto, the local pottery stands out. Most of the evidence is in line with the productions of nearby Kainua and the areas of Modena and Reggio, while there are no peculiar shapes produced exclusively on site. The privileged position of the settlement, along the Setta valley, makes this site a favourite stopping and supply point along the route that connected western Emilia and Romagna to Tyrrhenian Etruria. Markers of these relationships are the similarities in shape among the pottery from the sites placed along these itineraries.

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