The archaeological site of Via Santo Stefano in Este is well-known since the beginning of the twentieth century for the recovery of 120 protohistoric graves. During later archaelogical dig campaigns (1983-1984 and 1985-1993) about 150 gravestone complexes, which can be dating back from the seventh to the second century b.C., were recovered. Among them the princely Nerka's sepulchre whose grave is exhibited in the sixth National Archeological Museum Hall. In loco at sight there are today some gravestone structures dating back from the end of the seventh and the beginning of the sixth century b.C.: it deals with many stone grave circles, referring to just as many familial groups. They contains the Euganean Hills calcareous stone grave cases of the ancestors; externally other entombments of relatives can be seen. Some boundary stones advised the burial ground entrance, some others the familial circles' ones. An handicap accessible way , provided with a scenic ledge, has been arranged to closely observe the digs. The necropolis is protected by the elements by a glass dome and this way the natural enlightment is assured too.
Credits foto: Comune di Este