A nord di Crustumerium: nuovi dati dall'abitatoe dalla necropoli di Nomentum
In: Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma: 113, 2014
The territory between Eretum to the north and Crustumerium to the south, was a frontier area in the Tiber valley, between the Sabine and Latium Vetus, not far from the sanctuary Lucus Feroniae and the Faliscan region. Difficulties in determining geographic boundaries among these ancient populations can be evinced also from literary sources, which alternately attribute the centre of Nomentum either to the Latins or to the Sabines. The urban centre of Nomentum has not yet been subject to archaeological excavation: some digs took place in the Nineteenth century on commission by the Borghese family, but only in order to search for ancient artifacts. Chance finds also occurred in the Twentieth century as a consequence of agricultural activities; some of the latter gave the opportunity of identifying and recovering materials dating from the early Iron Age. The paper focuses on finds from the necropolis of the Latin town. The material culture and the rites to which they attest are close to the Latin-Crustumine culture, but this observation should be considered provisional, for it is based on data derived from sporadic, random finds.