Scavi 1987-2011 nel sepolcreto crustumino di Monte Del Bufalo
In: Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma: 113, 2014
The exploration of the cemetery area of Monte Del Bufalo at Crustumerium was promoted in 1987
by the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma. The main aim of the several campaigns that have
been carried out was to achieve a general knowledge of the archeological context and of its material
culture, also in order to hinder increasing robbing activity and illicit trading.
As soon as the cemetery entered the State property it was also possible to address digging activity
to specific scientific goals, such as the study of the topographical development of the cemetery area
and the evolution of the typology of tombs.
The exploration of a great number of intact burials also allowed us to arrange the typological study of the artifacts and to determine their association within the units of grave goods. The data yielded by the cemetery area of Monte Del Bufalo at the moment can be considered as representative of the funerary aspect of the ancient town, and contribute to point out its strong local feature. At the same time, the reception of cultural elements from neighbouring regions (not only architectural models for the tombs of Orientalizing period, but also imported materials and possible related “ways of life”) underline the role of Crustumerium as a Latin frontier settlement towards the Etruscans and the Sabines.