(Cozzo Matrice) Enna, Sicily.
ancient legend placed the Rape of Persephone/Kore by
Plouto on the shores of the lake of Pergusa, and a grotto
is shown today as the one through which the god's chariot is reputed to have passed. In the whole area N of the lake graves may still be seen in the shape of small artificial grottos (8th-6th c. B.C.) from which come goods
including pottery of the so-called Licodia Eubea type,
together with imported Greek material, such as one finds
in many Sikel-Greek settlements of central and S Sicily.
Of the habitation center connected with this group of
graves only a few uninvestigated traces are left on the
nearby Cozzo Matrice (857 m above sea level). Sherds
found there suggest that the small town flourished until
the 3d c. B.C. This archaeological material is visible in
Alessi Museum at Enna. A. CURCIO