Cozzo Matrice archeological site
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Cozzo Matrice_complesso dell'edificio di età arcaica-foto_ di Rosa Termine, UnikoreCozzo Matrice archaeological site is on the hill north of Lake Pergusa. This important site has been home to a Sicilian village and was later Hellenized and became an important agricultural center. Many of its walls are still visible and very well preserved rock millstones are very interesting. The most recent excavations have unearthed funerary objects from the necropolis with chamber tombs carved into the rock and the remains of an oven below. The archaeological finds are now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Palazzo Varisano. The history of the place is linked to the myth of the kidnapping of Persephone, which is a very important cultural aspect. Diodorus Siculus (historical Siceliot) set the abduction of Persephone here and tells of a high and steep plateau where there was a cave that opened to hell, the cave from which Pluto emerged to abduct the young goddess. This place, therefore, is where archeology and history come together with mythology; a combination that makes this site a place full of charm and mystery. From the top of the hill, you can also enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking both the Pergusina basin and the plain of Catania up to Mount Etna.

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! Cozzo Matrice archaeological site is on the hill north of Lake Pergusa. This important site has been home to a Sicilian village and was later Hellenized and became an important agricultural center. Many of its walls are still visible and very well preserved rock millstones are very interesting. The most recent excavations have unearthed funerary objects from the necropolis with chamber tombs carved into the rock and the remains of an oven below. The archaeological finds are now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Palazzo Varisano. The history of the place is linked to the myth of the kidnapping of Persephone, which is a very important cultural aspect. Diodorus Siculus (historical Siceliot) set the abduction of Persephone here and tells of a high and steep plateau where there was a cave that opened to hell, the cave from which Pluto emerged to abduct the young goddess. This place, therefore, is where archeology and history come together with mythology; a combination that makes this site a place full of charm and mystery. From the top of the hill, you can also enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking both the Pergusina basin and the plain of Catania up to Mount Etna.    

 

 

 


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