sicule tomb of Lachea island
Pictures kindly given by Prof. Palumbo

Tomb situated at the top of the island

Entrance of a tomb at the bottom of the island

Holes in the west side of the island

Death symbol carved by the hermit behind the bed

On the Lachea island, on the coast and the Mount Fano, they have been done some discoveries never examinated enough. During the world war, while our soldiers have been digging on the island, they discovered some human bones, which means that the cyclopean rock has been used like cemetery or something else.

However, there are some traces of human life (Stone Age) thanks to the discover made by the prof. Mantovani who found a green stone axe in 1869.

On the Lachea island is known about the existence of Sicani and Siculi thanks to Mr. De Fiore who said that there are two sicula caves at the top of the island.

The priest De Maria thought that there are 17 tombs digged inside the island; while Mr. De Fiore referring to the prof. Casagrandi let us know that on the Great Rock is digged a tomb, now covered by bricks; Raccuglia said that on the southern part of the island, among the basalts, there is another one discovered at the end of 1800, where they found out a skeleton.

There are also some traces of phoenician people.
Raccuglia talks about some greek or phoenician tombs on the west side of the island, while Recupero said that the rests of wall that he found, they were making part of a phoenician fortification covering the 2/3 of the island.

Gravagno, instead, thought that on the island it was built a religious building on 289 b.C.

There is another discover made on the Lachea island: digging for the construction of the biological station, some workers found out copper nails. The priest Salvatore De Maria from Acitrezza bought and saved them in his archaelogical collection.

Everything happened when the marquis Gravina donated the island to the University of Catania (1896).

A.C.V.G. 2001

Soon the history about the hermits who live the caves in the Middle Age!

Stone bed in the cove at the top of the island

Alcove inside the cove situated at the bottom of the island

Inside a tomb

A particular part inside a tomb


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