In the area of Pontone di Vezzano, nestling under the village of Cittareale, archaeological investigations undertaken between 2006 and 2008 brought to light an entire portion of a small vicus. However, prior to the vicus, during the first half of the 6th century BC, the site, which had been inhabited since the late Neolithic, became the seat of religious activities that were associated with the construction of a monumental temple (possibly after the roman conquest in 290 BC).
As the sanctuary was located in a highly strategic position, it might have, over time, acted as a magnet for the local population and that already from at least the second half of the century, a vicus suddenly sprang around the sanctuary and eventually superseded it. The village adopted the name of Falacrinae and it is possible that this was inherited from that of Divus Pater Falacer as cited by the sources.
The monumental phase of the settlement (three dwellings have been fully excavated) dates back to the end of the 3rd century BC and to the last quarter of the following century. Even though religious and building activities appear to have stopped mid way through the 1st century BC the village continued to be inhabited until it was definitively abandoned around 200 AD.
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