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  • Thapsos
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Si Trova: vicino Priolo Gargallo
Lat: 37° 9' 30.86013" N - Long: 15° 13' 48.85408" E

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Currently deserted and with only few shrubs , this small peninsula called Magnisi since the Norman times is attached to the land by a strip only 50 meters wide.

It preserves the remains of one of the most important proto-historic archaeological sites in Sicily.

Who visit Thapsos will not have to look up, but down; it is below him, in fact, that he will find the remains of a Mycenaean settlement.

This in turn overlapped with a previous Sicilian-Sicilian inhabited center.

It gave its name to an important cultural moment called "Thapsos culture".

It was an important trading center from the early Bronze Age until the 9th century BC.

The urban center lay along the rocky coast; in it have been found traces of circular or square huts and of buildings totally in stone too, with internal courtyards paved in stone.

No remains of religious or noble buildings have been found.

The necropolis is carved into the limestone cliff and is composed of unique graves of their kind, dug out of "grotticelle" with small mouths leading to sepulchral hypogea.

The ceramic is gray monochrome, with a glossy blackish surface and predominantly geometric decoration.

The inhabited area was defended by a fortification with semicircular towers.

Thapsos would have been the first site of a colony of greek from Megara who left the site due to lack of water and founded Megara Iblea not far from here.

In Thapsos the Athenian army camped before besieging Syracuse during the Peloponnesian war.


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