00 Bar fragment with a stamp or brand, possibly from the Grammechele (Catania) hoard unearthed in 1900, and dating to about 600BC
This bar was found in the Grammechele (Catania) hoard unearthed in 1900, ref. P.Orsi, Bulletino di Paletnologia Italiana, serie III, tomo IV, 1900 p.277. Orsi dates this form of bar to before Ramo Secco, likely about 600BC, as Ramo Secco are known in archaeological contexts from 550BC. Orsi notes the typical full and wide edge flashes from the edges of moulds that were technically eliminated in later bars, and notes a stamp of sticks and a helmet on this piece.