“Megalithic” structures in Finale

Dolmen and Menhir

In Finale there is the presence of megalithic structures that could be referred to the same cultures of the late prehistoric period that produced the series of cave etchings that are present on various rocky surfaces, locally called “ciappi” (Ciappu de Cunche, Ciappu del Sale, Ciappu dei Ceci).

At the castellaro of Verezzi, close to the village structures of the second Iron age there are at least three boulders that have been excavated and attributed with the function of basins or “piles” linked to the village.

Not so far away and towards the Caprazoppa there is the so called “dolmen” with the typical table conformation, unfortunately it is without archaeological context that would have been useful for a proper cultural attribution.
Close to the Arma della Moretta there is another “dolmen” that is incorporated in a terrace wall.

Typical megalithic structures are also those of Bric Reseghe of the Nava Valley, close to the Arma Strapatente, where there is another “dolmen” that rises in the highest part of the cliff that is characterised by an artificial groove on the upper stone.

Furthermore, it is pointed out that in the locality of Camporotondo there is an “enclosure” made with large Finale Stone slabs fixed in the ground and dry wall structures but that are of uncertain date.

Around the 70s of the previous century the Research Group of the Section of Finale of the International Institute of Ligurian Studies discovered a stela set in the crack of a rock and facing east in the locality of Bric Pinarella. In the week preceding the beginning of spring it is possible to observe the sunlight passing through the hole in the stela.

Little distant is also a “small dry stone temple” of which the entrance is determined by two stelae set vertically into the ground.

Close to Ciappu de Cunche it is possible to observe a semi-circular shaped structure, called “the court”, artificially excavated in the rock wall where there are various little niches and a sort of long seat that went around the perimeter of the cavity. Further away one can observe in the small Arma dei Buoi some cupels and a dry wall structure.

Also, the l’Arma dei Rucà, on the Mànie plateau, conserves a semi-circular megalithic type structure composed of large stones set into the ground to delimit a sort of “cromlech”.

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