Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell'Identità siciliana - Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali e dell'Identità siciliana
 
Aerial view of the peninsula of Thapsos   Thapsos
Aerial view of the peninsula of Thapsos    
   
  The little peninsula of Magnisi (formerly called Thapsos) that lies between the gulfs of Syracuse and Augusta, was the site of a prehistoric settlement between the XV and the IX centuries BC. During the first phase of its existence (XV-XIII centuries BC), it gave its name to the most widespread culture of eastern and central Sicily in the Middle Bronze Age.
The large settlement is divided into various phases of construction. The first organised nucleus has circular huts that, between the XIII and XII centuries BC, become houses with rectangular rooms around paved courtyards linked by little lanes and communal open areas. The urban layout reveals close contacts with the Mycenaean world, confirmed by imported ceramics found at Thapsos that illustrate the vast network of overseas contacts that Mycenaean Greece was able to weave across the entire Mediterranean.
The large necropolis with its cave tombs with vertical entrance shafts or dromos entry-corridors has revealed rich tomb-finds that include imported objects (ceramics, ornaments) from the Mycenaean world, from Cyprus and Malta and that testify to the vivacity of the sea-faring culture.
   
 
Aerial view of the archaeological area of the isthmus   The central part of the prehistoric settlement   The Bronze age necropolis
Aerial view of the archaeological area of the isthmus   The central part of the prehistoric settlement   The Bronze age necropolis
   
 
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