Rinaldone culture

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The Rinaldone culture was a Copper Age culture that spread in Tuscany and northern Lazio between the 3rd and the first half of the 2nd millennium BC. It takes its name from the town of Rinaldone in the province of Viterbo.

Typical objects of this culture are the flask-shaped jars, decorative elements such as antimony necklace, bone beads, steatite pendants and a considerable number of weapons including mallet heads, arrowheads, spears and daggers.

One of the most famous funerary contexts belonging to this culture is the so-called "widow's tomb" discovered in 1951 in Ponte San Pietro, near Ischia di Castro, it contains the rests of a 30-year-old man of high rank, with a rich collection of pottery and weapons, and a young woman with a much more modest outfit, which was probably sacrificed to be buried with her husband.[1]

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  1. ^ Jean Guilaine,Jean Zammit - The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory p.162-164


  • Le grandi avventure dell'archeologia, VOL 5 : Europa e Italia protostorica - Curcio editore, pg.1584-1585-1586