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Rhaetic discoveries

The important Fai della Paganella discovery
Doss Castel is a strategic crag looking out over the Adige Valley in the midst of the western margin of the Fai della Paganella plateau, 25 km north of Trento, in the Valle di Non – Valle de Sole direction.
Exposed and naturally defended by sheer rock walls, it is linked to the rearward planes of the charming uplands by a short, steep incline, in ancient times enclosed by a powerful dry wall rampart which has been partially uncovered. The archaeological site, which offers a broad panoramic view, is easily reached on foot.

The foundations of several single family dwellings in the Rhaetic settlement are visible, laid out in regular rows between rocky terraces straightened through deep ploughing. The dwellings; generally quadrangular in perimeter, of dry wall or stone wall construction, were originally semi-sunken and would have had wooden upper levels, probably with straw roofs. The construction methods mirror the widespread building praxes found in alpine and pre-alpine areas, that is the rhaetic region.

THE RHAETICS – historical notes.
Around 500 B.C. the Rhaetics appeared in Trentino, having already occupied wide areas of the central and western alpines. The Rhaetics settled in different valleys and set up a fairly complex society, using writing and establishing a network of villages. They made good use of the territory, (hunting was a secondary activity); through agriculture which produced wine, vegetables, cereals and they raised goats, cattle, horses etc. In the Roman era all of Trentino Alto Adige and the surrounding areas as far as Switzerland and the Reno, was known as Rhaetia. Characteristic features were the dwellings, ceramics, pendants, weaponry, characteristic hoes and the art of embossed bronze sheet decoration. The finds related to Rhaetic religious practices refer to Mediterranean and oriental divinities, including the goddess Rheaitia and Saturn, the god of agriculture. In the mountains they practised spectacular cremations and votive pyres – with animal and earthenware sacrifices – which are reminiscent of the pyres still lit on the peaks in Alto Adige. The pastures, like the fields and mountains, were common property. The mountain communities elected a head tribesman and negotiated in assemblies. There are many surprising analogies to be found in their construction: the placement of the ancient Rhaetic villages, the orientation and shape of the houses – quadrangular, single-family terraced modules, similar to those still present in many mountain villages.
Rhaetic discoveries
Rhaetic discoveries
Rhaetic discoveries
Rhaetic discoveries


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