The finding of the Warrior

The valley between Ofena and Capestrano, where the Tirino river rises and flows is an area particularly warm and suitable for the cultivation of the vine. Well, in September 1934 a local farmer, Michele Castagna, was tilling his land to plant a vineyard when he discovered lu mammocce (the dummy): the famous Warrior of Capestrano. Though presumably upset by the unexpected obstacle to his work, Mr. Castagna knew immediately that he had bumped into an important thing and even recovered the famous headgear and broken legs. Later he kept the finds in his barn so they could be reassembled as now exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Chieti.

The wisdom of that farmer gave Abruzzo Region its emblem and one of the most important finds of Italic civilization.

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