AREA ARCHEOLOGICA DI MOKARTA

 
Mokarta veduta aerea

The site represents one of the most important testimonies of prehistoric times in Sicily. It is a village, located on the top of the Mokarta Hill, dating back to the Late Bronze Age (XIII-X century BC) and consisting of circular huts characterized by the peculiarity of a double entrance. Along the sides of the hill a vast necropolis has been investigated with "grotticella" type tombs carved into the rock. As evidenced by the obvious traces of destruction, the village was abandoned around the 10th century B.C. following a traumatic event, probably an incursion of external Elymian populations, who in that period settled in the western part of Sicily. In front of the entrance of one of the huts, the skeleton of a young woman was found, probably trapped by the collapse of the roof during the escape. This discovery reinforces the thesis that the village was destroyed and suddenly abandoned.

 

The tombs with artificial caves, dug into the rock, are about one hundred and consist of a small cell with a circular plan (average diameter 1.50 m) or elliptical. Often the semi-elliptical or quadrangular façade is preceded by a small access corridor (dromos), carved into the rock face and with a vault or ogival vault. Inside the burials, the remains of several burials have been found with simple vases consisting of vases, among which often recired bowls and cups on the foot side are used.

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