Polada culture

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The Polada culture (22th-16th century BC) is the name for a culture of the ancient Bronze Age which spread on all of the territory of Northern Italy[1] and characterized by settlements on pile-dwellings.

The name derives from the same name locality in the territory of Lonato del Garda in Lombardy where the first findings attributed to this culture were discovered in the years between 1870 and 1875 as a result of intense activities of reclamation in a peat bog; the dating of Carbonium 14 on the finds place them between the 14th and 13th century BC (from c. 1380 to c. 1270 BC).[2]


  1. ^ Map of the Polada culture
  2. ^ Coles & Harding (1979: 202)

See also[edit]


  • L. Barfield, Northern Italy Before Rome. London, Thames and Hudson, 1971
  • B. Barich, "Il complesso industriale della stazione di Polada alla luce dei più recenti dati", Bollettino di Paleotnologia Italiana, 80, 22 (1971): 77-182.
  • John M. Coles, A. F. Harding, The Bronze Age in Europe: an introduction to the prehistory of Europe, c. 2000-700 BC, Taylor & Francis, 1979 - ISBN 0-416-70650-9
  • L. Fasani, "L'età del Bronzo", in Veneto nell'antichità, Preistoria e Protostoria, Verona 1984.
  • R. Peroni, L'età del bronzo nella penisola italiana I. L'antica età del bronzo, Florence, Olschki, 1971