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The archaic archaeological sites
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The archaic archaeological sites
The famous Dolmen of Bisceglie, at Chianca, 4 km from Bisceglie on the road to Corato, and the Dolmen of Albarosa of Corato date back to the Eneolithic of the end of 18th century B.C.

A large part of the area overlooking the ancient lagoon of Salpi was densely populated during the Neolithic age. Numerous settlements and hypogeous necropolises were recently discovered at San Ferdinando and Trinitapoli with a wealth of ceramic, lithic and metallurgic findings (the famous axes of Salapia). Sites are located in coastal positions just sheltered from the damp areas of the Salines (at Mezzana comunale, Madonna di Loreto, Monte di Salpi, Marandrea and many other localities in the countryside of Trinitapoli) or even in the heart of the Salines themselves, like at Foce Carmosina and at Vasche Napoletane (the numerous circular platforms that characterise the site are extraordinary for the perfection of the geometric layout, probably used for an archaic form of working salt).§

Important sites (dating back to the Iron and Bronze Ages) are found at San Magno in the Murgia of Corato, at Monte Santa Barbara and Monte Faraone along the Trajan's Appian Way near Andria, at Minervino and in the countryside of Spinazzola, as well as near Colonna in Trani, where a Neolithic village rich with Mycenaean trousseaus dating back to the 18th-19th centuries B.C. was discovered. After an archaic period where this must have been a territory which nomadic populations passed through, from the 3rd millennium B.C. a phase of stable population began.
 
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