Lagozza Culture

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Later Neolithic culture of the late 4th and 3rd millennia bc in northern Italy, named after the type‐site lake village in the Po Valley. The culture is characterized by plain dark pottery, sometimes burnished, that appears mainly in carinated forms. These wares are generally seen as related to the western series of round‐based Neolithic wares that includes Chassey and Cortaillod types. Lagozza Culture communities were mixed farmers, concentrating on cereals and dairy produce, although well‐preserved waterlogged deposits reveal that wild fruits and nuts were important too. A few copper artefacts from Lagozza sites suggest the incipient development of metallurgy in the area, and are the earliest in northern Italy. Burial traditions are poorly known, but include some crouched inhumations in cists.

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