Archaeology and The Samnite Burial Site of Omini Morti

Within the Town Hall of San Biagio Saracinisco is an Archaeological Museum relating to the Samnite burial bite of Omini Morti. It is named “La Comunità Safina di San Biagio Saracinisco”.  On exhibition are numerous artifacts, dating from the 6th – 5th century BC. These were unearthed at the foot of the nearby Monte Santa Croce. This site only came to light after the Second World War. during the clearance of mines and armaments along the area of the Gustav Line.

The necropolis consisted of three groups of tombs arranged in rows. Many items were interred with the human remains. Pieces of  pottery were found of amphoras specifically related to the Alfedena culture. Also there were pieces of shiny black enamel pottery known as Bucchero. (The colour was achieved by firing in an atmosphere charged with carbon monoxide instead of oxygen.) This type of pottery was produced by the region’s pre-Roman Etruscan population, so this indicates that the Samnites were trading with the Etruscans. 

Other items were placed in the tombs, such as metal objects created with  iron, copper and silver, extracted from ancient mines at Monte Meta near the Valle di Canneto. These items included an wonderfully detailed bronze shield, bronze belts, iron lances and intricate pieces of jewellery. Many  artefacts are now held in the Archaeological Museum of Atina.

The Museum in San Biagio Saracinisco has a model of a typical Samnite village and a reproduction of one of the Samnite tombs.

The Town Hall and Museum are located in Via Don Diamante San Biagio Saracinisco (FR)

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