The handmade pottery, which represents undoubtedly one of the most numerous classes found in the Etruscan site of Monte Giovi, is an important proof of the relationships between the Fiesole-Mugello area and the territories north to the Appennines. In particular, the artistic influences from Po Valley and Romagna are evident in the shapes and decorations of the vases. It is a common ceramic ware produced over a long period, preserving its archaic features even more recently. The fact that this pottery is handmade does not mean that it is older than the turned pottery. If at first glance there are explicit references to the cultures of the final Bronze Age of northern Etruria and Po Valley, at the same time it has a close relationship with the pottery production of the so-called Umbrian-Romagna facies, widespread in Romagna between the 6th and the 4th century BC. These data represent one of the primary cultural markers of the intermediary role played by Mugello and Florentine district during the Etruscan period between the Po Valley and northern Etruria.

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