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Field name
Site: Sesto Calende [from first object]
Coordinates: 45° 42' 53.69" N, 8° 39' 27.79" E [from first object]
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The name Presualdo refers to an area in the south of modern Sesto Calende on the east bank of the Ticino in which archaeological finds belonging to a Golaseccan necropolis have been made since the 19th century. It is one of the sites of the large Golaseccan necropolis of the early Iron Age, the eponymous site of the Golasecca culture. In the south, separated by the Malvai fosse, the area borders that of the Monsorino (today in Golasecca), which belongs to the same necropolis. Besides recurring sporadic finds, individual or groups of tombs were excavated in the 1940s, 1980s and 1990s. Judging by the finds made (and published) so far, the necropolis was used between the late 9th/early 8th century (Golasecca I A 2) and the late 6th/early 5th century BC (Golasecca II B). See De Marinis 2009b for detailed information about the history of finds and excavations, with a map of find spots p. 416, fig. 1.

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De Marinis 2009b Raffaele C. de Marinis, "Presualdo, Rastrel Rosso e Brivio (Sesto Calende), tombe del Golasecca I e II", in: Raffaele C. de Marinis, Serena Massa, Maddalena Pizzo (eds), Alle origini di Varese e del suo territorio. Le collezioni del sistema archeologico provinciale [= Bibliotheca Archaeologica 44], Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider 2009, 416–430.