Since 2011 the University of Pavia has been conducting a research project on the pre-Roman settlement of Verucchio, located in Pian del Monte della Baldissera. The project yielded significant novelties leading to a reinterpretation of the population of the protohistoric center, on the double level of evidence of excavation and material culture.
The contribution aims to offer an updated overview of the pottery productions that emerged from the Pavia excavations in the via Nanni area, compared with the neighboring sectors investigated in the 1960s and 1970s. The focus is on the local productions of the last phase of the site, in the 4th century BC. In that period, after a two centuries-long abandonment, the former Villanovan prosperous settlement appears to be affected by a brief upswing, as part of a general reorganization of settlements on the Adriatic coast, dominated by the ports of Spina and Rimini. In addition to the fine and gray wares, which show elaborations of Attic and Etruscan formal and decorative models, and the wheel-turned impasto, the handmade impasto is a decisive marker of the Middle Adriatic culture through the centuries.

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