An ancient Messapian center ca. 6 km S of Lecce. Some have identified
it with the famous Salentini site of Sybaris recorded by
). The remains of a great circuit wall
are preserved, in which several gates have been noted.
Recent excavations have brought to light, besides traces
of a protohistoric settlement, conspicuous ruins of habitations and rich pit tombs, datable between the 6th and the beginning of the 3d c. B.C.
M. Bernardini, Panorama archeologico
(1955) 40; F. G. Lo Porto, “L'attività archeologica in Puglia,” Atti dell'VIII Convegno
di Studi sulla Magna Grecia
(1968) 193; P. E. Arias,
“Vecchi rinvenimenti archeologici a Cavallino,” RömMitt
76 (1969) 1.
F. G. LO PORTO