“Antichi Silenzi” (A silent past)

In 1989 in Parabiago, during excavation works in the area of the company where Production Unit 1 is, a Roman necropolis was founded, which can be dated back to between 100 B.C. and the Augustus period.

The Lombardy Archeological Commission, which was immediately called in, was able to proceed with excavations with ICAP funding. These excavations continued until 1993 and 39 tombs were uncovered, complete with funeral ornaments.

The absence of inscriptions means it is difficult to identify the community which used the necropolis, nor have any traces of a settlement been discovered which should have been found in the immediate vicinity. However, it is a known fact that during Roman times Parabiago was a particularly important place. Proof of this is the “pàtera of Parabiago”, a splendid silver and gold metallurgical object weighing 9,555 grams, now on show in the Museum of Archeology of Milan.

The funeral ornaments are of great interest: from the clay materials – amphorae, lamps, vases, etc. – to metals such as coins, bronzes, rings, bracelets, etc., glass embalming objects and other everyday objects. These were carefully studied and partially restored, and they tell us of people dedicated to working the earth and caring for animals, making artisan objects and using imported goods, not only from the nearby Ticino District, but from all over the Po valley and even from the coasts of the Aegean sea.

The in-depth study of these precious traces of the past, given back to modern culture thanks to the dedicated interest and funding by ICAP and preserved at the Museum of Legnano, gave rise to a book entitled “Antichi Silenzi” (A silent past), published by the Lombardy Archeological Commission.