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Report on the Excavations of the Bronze Age Site of I Faraglioni 1999
by R. Ross Holloway and Susan S. Lukesh

The excavations of the Archaeological Section of the Superintendency of Cultural Property of the Province of Palermo at the Bronze Age site of I Faraglioni, Ustica, were continued in May and June of 1999.
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Il Villaggio preistorico dei Faraglioni ad Ustica venne scelto pił per la posizione privilegiata che permetteva di capire l'arrivo dell'inverno e poi della bella stagione, che per ragioni difensive. Questa la suggestiva ipotesi contenuta in uno studio di archeoastronomia
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Title: Astronomy and landscape at the prehistoric settlement Villaggio dei Faraglioni, Ustica, Sicily
Author: Franco Foresta Martin, Giulio Magli

The placement of the Middle Bronze Age settlement Villaggio dei Faraglioni on the Ustica island, one of the best preserved prehistoric village of the Mediterranean area, is analysed from a cognitive point of view, taking into account archaeoastronomy and landscape archaeology aspects. It turns out that the place might have been selected because of its privileged position with respect to the landscape, better than conforming to utilitarian/defensive considerations, as instead occurs for contemporary, for instance Mycenaean, sites. From the village it was indeed possible to follow the rising and setting of the sun in the months close to the winter solstice on the two elevated peaks existing on the opposite side of the island, in a symmetric way. As a consequence, the inhabitants could determine the day of the winter solstice with an approximation of a few days, using this partial calendar for agricultural and navigational purposes. A possible astronomical orientation of the urban layout is also analysed

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