Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte

Aerarium and Small Stoà

In the eastern area of the site, exploration has been carried out on the aerarium (treasury) and, behind it, the small stoà, made up of three rooms overlooking the porticoed area and intended to guard the offerings of the faithful. The complex was built in the late third century B.C., just after the devastating passage of Hannibal’s troops. The temple, tripartite and without podium, retains a low stone plinth on which a structure in raw earth was supported. The choice of the construction technique and the use of recovered materials denote a haste to build such a structure quickly and in the course of the war events still in progress. The characteristic double-locking and the presence, in the cella, of a trapeza (stone table) with inscription in Oscan has allowed the identification of the building as the sanctuary’s treasury. Behind the trapeza, the remains of a buried wooden chest were found containing numerous coins and some jewelry. The structure remained in use until the beginning of the first century B.C. and, even after an official closing ritual, the faithful continued to bring offerings to its ruins for another 150 years.

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