From the end of the 7th century BC and throughout the 6th century BC, a population of Italic origin spreads from the Tiber Valley in inner Romagna, starting from the Apennine valleys. While using forms and models primarily drawn from the Middle-Italic repertoire, the Romagna communities develop a relatively autonomous material culture, mainly characterized by contact with the Etruscans settled in the Po Valley and the powerful cultural influence they exerted. One of the first manifestations of this influence is visible in the particular stamp decoration that characterizes the Romagna pottery productions during the 6th century BC, distinguishing them from the contemporary ones of the rest of the Italic world. It is a decorative system derived from the Etruscan-Po Valley orientalizing tradition and, specifically, for the range of motifs used and their particular ductus, from the vase decoration of the Verucchio tradition. This work aims to illustrate how and with what timing this vase decoration was acquired and how it was then reworked by the same Italic populations settled in Romagna.

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