Villanovian Hut – Bologna


Remains of huts dating from the Etruscan period from 950 – 600 BCE are non-existent due to the fact that these huts were constructed by using wood, clay and grass straw. These fragile materials have been destroyed with the passing of time.

However, the land around Bologna has markings of housing structures in the form of dark circles with ash remains, ceramic fragments and traces of good.

Using these remains archaeologists have been able to reconstruct models of the huts inhabited during the Villanovian period.

In the photograph, you can see such a model which today is in Giardini Margherita in Bologna. The huts were believed to be circular in shape, with a diameter of 4 metres. The flooring was lifted by 80 cm. Archaeologists estimate that it took 3 people to construct the huts which took up to 15 days to complete. The fireplace was in the centre of the hut.

This model is located in Giardini Margherita in Bologna.



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