Info for visitors:
The archaeological site is privately owned and access is required prior approval of the Marsiliana Estate.
The “House of Amphora” was located in a suburban area of Marsiliana, an important Etruscan city; it was perhaps the ancient city of Caletra, known for the quality of its water. The square building covers nearly 400 square meters and houses a central courtyard that was used during at least eight different time periods between the late 6th and 5th centuries BC. Today, only the chunks of travertine that made up the building’s foundation are visible; the crude dried mud walls erected by masons of the time period are long disappeared. The various tiles and the large iron nails recovered by excavation would have be useful tools when making trusses and lining the roof against the elements. The recovery of ancient amphorae and large containers together with the scientific analysis of the vessels and floor surfaces revealed that this building was most likely used to store and conserve fish. Local merchants and fisherman would have stored fish under oil (sott’olio) to make it last longer and had it stored in jars; conversely, the site may have been a commercial area to sell preserved fish to the public, and the amphorae would have been locally produced.