LONGOLA archaeo-natural park
It is hard to imagine that the River Sarno, now sadly known for European records of pollution, had a far more brilliant past. And yet on its shores, from the Early Iron Age onwards (from the 10th century. to the beginning of the 6th century. a. C.) grew the village of Longola, today in the municipality of Poggiomarino.
Lost among anonymous countryside with an agricultural tradition, you can see a large yard that with onions, often cultivated in the adjacent area, has very little to do. It is an outstanding site of humid environment, formerly swampy. From the muddy have returned to the light remains of huts, fragments tools for carpenters, even woven baskets; seem to emerge moments of past life but real that animates the dense forest of poles fixed in the ground, once a solid system of supporting islets “artificial”.
The village stood on artificially islets, on which huts were built for both residential use and for handicraft production. This type of occupation responded to the ancient conformation of the area where the river swamped creating poorly hospitable wetlands and. But the water, once adverse to human activities, has allowed the extraordinary conservation condition of the site. The humid environment in fact hinders the presence of some bacterial decomposing agents. In addition to numerous and various pottery containers, bronze, in bone and wood objects mats, canoes for the navigation of canals that seem buried only yesterday.
Among the exceptional survivors of the millennia, also numerous plant fragments that have allowed archeobotanic studies suitable for the reconstruction of the ancient landscape and the use of natural fiber and wood. Many of these fabulous finds are exhibited at the Antiquarium of Boscoreale, a few kilometers away. The visit is worth the detour!
Furthermore, a list to the park offers pleasant views of the natural environment of the river Sarno, frequented for pleasure and fishing until the last century. In the archaeological area were made reconstructions of the proto-historical huts, to show visitors and students the living conditions in the Iron Age.
A short walk from the archaeological site, you can enjoy a walk inside the nature park that stretches along the bank of the river Sarno.