Photographer's Note

Colombaio - Cagnemora - Bomarzo (VT)

The Cagnemora valley is accessible from the Bomarzo cemetery or from the Piano Via Cupa locality. This whole area between Cagnemora, Tacchiolo and Santa Cecilia is dotted with a significant presence of Etruscan-Roman altars, some tombs, pestaṛle, fountains and structures still to be interpreted and dated: therefore, a capillary long-lasting secondary road network must be imagined. he had to make these monuments usable, and of which a partially legible trace remains.
Hidden among dense vegetation, where laurel predominates even in arboreal forms, we reach a magnificent environment created in the rocky wall, characterized by lapillus.
Seven narrow steps allow access to a large room about two meters from the floor, next to which there are at least two parallelepiped blocks that perhaps served either to close or to facilitate entry. The opening must have had a door perhaps made of wood, as you can see the holes to prepare a door on the last step; on the upper part of the access there is a lime wall with blocks that recall the two seen on the ground and is plastered on the outside. Still above, an oculus let light and air into the environment.
Inside there is a large rectangular room (2.5x8 m; h about 4.20 m) with the walls completely covered with dense rectangular or square niches of varying sizes and 343 in number, which evidently must have contained cineraries.
It could be a Roman columbarium belonging to a community settled in the area perhaps between the end of the Republican age and the first century AD, which buried its members according to the incineration rite, which prevailed in this period.
It is extremely difficult at the present stage of knowledge to provide an exhaustive interpretation of the Cagnemora settlement, it would seem that the whole area was abandoned in very ancient times, probably due to a strong earthquake that shook the entire area, overturning or changing the inclination of the boulders, already worked or in progress. Only a more in-depth archaeological investigation will be able to provide a reliable interpretation of this mysterious and fascinating site.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19143 W: 130 N: 40415] (215201)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-15
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 7 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-18 0:41
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