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The Melone II° del Sodo

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This large burial ground is on the right hand of the Rio Loreto, on a vast drum that acts as a perimeter wall, built from large square blocks. The area only came to light during recent excavation works.

Il Melone II° del Sodo, rilievo

Parts of the decorated perimeter wall of the burial ground have survived. The scale of the wall gives a clear indication as to the complex architectural design of the area, and extends over a large section of the surrounding countryside.

The Melone II° del Sodo contains two tombs: the Tomb One, with a half-vaulted ceiling discovered in 1928-29 and the Tomb Two that was discovered in 1991 along with a rich collection of gold funerary items.
In 1990 a vast Altar Platform, with a flight of steps and decorated sides, was unearthed on the eastern flank of the burial ground.



For more detailed information on these monuments consult:
La Cortona dei Principes, Catalogo della Mostra. Cortona 1992, pp. 121-167 e AA.VV. Il Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca di Cortona, pp.95-112.

[Le informazioni riportate sono tratte da Schede in distribuzione gratuita di un Ciclostilato a cura della Sezione Didattica della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana, via della Pergola 65, Firenze. Testo del ciclostilato a cura di Paola Zamarchi Grassi

Le immagini fotografiche sono tratte dai materiali del progetto "Archaeology without barriers", promosso dal Comune di Cortona (con partner Francia – Associazione Memoire et Patrimoine, Parigi - e Grecia – Soprintendenza ai Beni Bizantini di Salonicco), finanziato dalla Commissione Europea, Divisione Formazione e Cultura, nell’estate 2001, all’interno del Programma di finanziamenti “Cultura 2000”. Per ulteirori informazioni sul progetto si prega di contattare il Comune di Cortona, Assessorato alla Cultura]


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