The Etruscans and the archaeological site of Cetamura in Chianti
In the property of Badia a Coltibuono there is an archaeological site of the greatest importance for the history of Chianti. Discovered back in 1964 by Alvaro Tracchi it has been excavated since the seventies thanks to a project promoted by Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici and Florida State University (U.S.A.) directed by Nancy T. de Grummond, with enthusiastic support from the Stucchi Prinetti family.
The Well of Wonders: grape and olive seeds dating 2.500 ago come back to light.
The archaeological excavations at Cetamura del Chianti have led to relevant discoveries of artifacts from inside a well dating back to a time from Third Century B.C. until the First Century A.D.: including ceramic fragments, animal bones, barley, olives, nuts and bronze vases.
Fundamental for the history of Tuscan agriculture was the discovery of approx.. 500 grape seeds from Etruscan and Roman times that still yield DNA. Thanks to this, valuable information is being gathered for the viticulture in Chianti.
Ancient populations used to praise and thank the gods with offerings coming from their table or handcrafted by artisans. Evidence of these offerings found in the depths of the well, confirm that the site had been a sanctuary.
Found among the excavated objects were portrayals of gods “Lur” and“Leinth,” gods worshipped in the sanctuary.
“Cetamura’s value,” asserts Nancy T. de Grummond, “ resides in what is revealed about the working part of the population immune from external influences, dedicated to preserving and describing the Etruscan identity at its best.”