“Cento buchi” caves

“Cento buchi” caves

Three caves dug into the sandstone.

Located on the south-western side of the hill on which the village stands, and difficult to reach due to the thick vegetation and the steep slopes that host them, These three caves dug into the sandstone are characterized by the presence in them of numerous small ogival niches, or dovecotes, with the function of storage for cinerary urns, evidence of the presence of Roman necropolis between the first and second century AD. (late Republican era).

The caves, of different sizes with pointed arch and rectangular plan, are open on one side to allow access of light and air (except for the largest that has an opening that gives access to a lower cavity).

The interior of the niches, and to a lesser extent of the caves themselves, is covered by a whitish mortar supposedly based on lime, in order to retain and not let the sand wash away.

Probably the difference in the size of the niches of each cave suggests their different destination: one for children, one for women and another for men.

WHERE: Contrada Fontane – 63061 Massignano AP
TIMETABLE: Always open
E-MAIL: info@vivimassignano.it
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