The Dolmen of Cava dei Servi


published on 06 November 2017

The Dolmen of Cava dei Servi, a few kilometers from Modica, in Sicily. It is a semi-oval monument formed by four rectangular slabs fixed into the ground and three slabs on top, leaning in such a way they reduce the surface and form a false dome. Two large parallel-piped boulders complete the construction. Inside of it, found by the author, were human bone fragments (the only organic clues so far found inside a Mediterranean dolmen) and some splinters of Castelluccian ceramics (Early Bronze Age) , which confirmed the burial purpose of the artefact and legitimised dating them back to the Sicilian early Bronze Age (c. 2200-1450 BCE).

About the Author

Salvatore Piccolo
Salvatore Piccolo is an archaeologist. His excavations include the dolmens of Sicily where in "Cava dei Servi", he found human remains and ceramic fragments that have unravelled the mystery of the function and chronology of Mediterranean dolmens.

Related Links

  • Salvatore Piccolo, Ancient Stones: The Prehistoric Dolmens of Sicily (UK: Thornam/Norfolk, 2013)

Remove Ads


Image License

Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this content non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Read the licensing terms for more information on how to use this image legally.

Commercial Use

The photographer is selling a commercial use license for this image:


If you are not sure whether your project is commercial then please contact the editors by email () for clarification.

Commercial Licensing Terms

By purchasing this image you agree to the following terms and conditions:

You may use this photograph in a commercial digital or print publication, including but not limited to:

  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Websites
  • Presentations
There are no limitations on print runs or website impressions.

Upon purchasing this image, you may not re-sell this image, including but not limited to digital downloads or printed items where the image is the dominant content (such as postcards, for example).