Elba granite cave history sculptures

Elba granite is used in the most disparate areas

Granite and its use in the most disparate areas run through much of the ancient history of the island. We find ashlars and blocks already used in very distant, even prehistoric times.
The worked stones used in the tombs of the Piane delle Sughera and Moncioneare made of granite > (4,500/3,500 years ago); of granite are the shaped blocks that 3,400-3,200 years ago characterized the base of the houses of Monte Giove. The worked stones are of granite, used in the tombs of the Piane delle Sughera and Moncione (4,500 / 3,500 years ago); of granite are the shaped blocks that from 3,400-3,200 years ago characterized the base of the houses of Monte Giove.

Extraction of granite from the Roman era

One of the moments of most intense use of granite was the Roman era, when the S. Piero, Cavoli, Seccheto, Vallebuia, Pomonte deposits were transformed into a multiple and extensive construction site.
In the southern slope of Capanne Mountain, from S. Piero to Pomonte, you can admire ancient granite quarries and a large number of semi-finished products (columns, labra, altars, sarcophagi, etc.) which constitute a real open-air museum, unfortunately not adequately valued.
Among the sculptures, an altar from I- stands out for its historical and archaeological importance. 3rd century AD
The granite routes is a set of minor itineraries that wind south of the shepherds’ streets and north of Seccheto and Cavoli , allow to visit in addition to some granite artefacts also the archaeological area located in the locality of Sughera.