Dolmenic Cyst of Butera (Sicily)

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Salvatore Piccolo
published on 25 October 2017

Stone slabs assembled in a cubiform manner in "Piano della Fiera", Butera, Sicily, similar to those found in Sardinia and dated to the copper age (c. 3000-2100 BCE). It was reused by the Greeks and indicates mixed cult practices, both Hellenic and indigenous, characterised by the positioning of human remains inside urns (gr. enchytrismòs, the most frequent mode of burial for infants in vases), which in turn, were placed inside this small chamber.

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About the Author

Salvatore Piccolo
Salvatore Piccolo is an archaeologist. His excavations include the dolmens of Sicily where in "Cava dei Servi", he found human remains and ceramic fragments that have unravelled the mystery of the function and chronology of Mediterranean dolmens.


  • Paolo Orlandini. "L'espansione di Gela nella Sicilia centro-meridionale." Kokalos VIII, 1962, p. 79.
  • Piccolo, S. Ancient Stones: The Prehistoric Dolmens of Sicily. Thornham/Norfolk, 2013

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