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Translated Jeff Matthews

This has happened more than once—volunteers have cleaned the area immediately around the Fèscina. This time, we're not even sure who did it; when we do know we'll do our best to name names and give credit where credit is due.

The object is to give just attention to archaeological sites in the area of Quarto, which, in spite of their importance, remain almost totally unknown. When we know more schedules and opening times, we'll publish that information.

The Fèscina is located 3 km NE of the center of the town of Quarto on via Brindisi. The UTM coordinates are UTM WGS84 33 T 425148 4526854.

The site is a mausoleum, dated to the 1st c. BC. It is a free-standing column topped by a pyramid-like hexagonal cusp; it is located in the necropolis of via Brindisi in the town of Quarto, near Naples. This type of architecture is particular; the Fèscina is the only example of it in the Campi Flegrei or the entire Campania region of Italy, at the very least. This kind of structure was, however, widespread in the Hellenic Age in the eastern Mediterranean, which has led to some speculation that the family that built this one was from Asia Minor. The architectural prototype is the celebrated mausoleum of Halicarnassus from the 4th century BC.

This built in opus reticulatum brick-work and has two floors, one of which is underground and the plastered walls of which contain eleven niches for the cremation urns. There are also three reclining couch-beds known as triclinia; they are of brick and were intended for ritual banquets. Two slit openings higher up allowed light and air to enter.

For more information: The Fèscina

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