Consorte goes so far as to speculate that the Warrior is an 'alleged artifact.' According to archaeologists, the statue, made of soft limestone, is an image of King Nevius Pompuledio that originally stood, scholars explain, atop his burial mound in the necropolis of Aufinum.

(LaPresse) Journalist and former model with a passion for archaeology, Alessio Consorte casts doubts on the Capestrano Warrior, a statue that has become an identity symbol of Abruzzo, which archaeologists date back to the Italic period.

He seeks answers from the director and producer of the film ‘Decumano maximo’ (2021), a meticulous historical reconstruction of the Social War and the conflict that, from 91 to 88 B.C., saw the Italic peoples oppose the overpower of Rome.

“I felt the need to tell the story of my land, Abruzzo, and I went for five long years in search of archaeological sites referring to the Italic peoples,” Consorte told LaPresse, stressing that he visited, on the heights of the Abruzzo Apennines, the Ocres, fortified walls, polygonal stone constructions “where there is the soul of the Italic peoples.”

He added, “This research allowed me to bring to the attention of the National Institute of Astrophysics and its distinguished professors, such as Adriano Gaspani and Silvia Motta, the question of the astronomical orientation of these sites. From the study of the positioning of the Italic sites, it was thus discovered that they are oriented to astronomical classes and satellites.”

Important data were produced that will be the subject of a scientific conference in Timisoara, Romania, between Sept. 5-9, on behalf of the European Society of Archaeoastronomy, the director announced.

From the documentary film’s journalistic investigation came the first doubts about the Capestrano Warrior statue, found in 1934 by a farmer intent on working the vineyard, near Capestrano, in the Aquilan area.

“I had the opportunity to look at a letter, published in a book by researcher and archaeologist Professor Fulvio Giustizia, published by a Vatican archaeologist, highly esteemed man of God and the highest exponent of archaeology, Father Antonio Ferrua who reports the news about the falsity of the Capestrano Warrior,” he added, allegedly fabricated ad hoc by an antiquarian.

“I read all the papers, I went to the site to verify, to listen to some historical memories as well,” and Consorte goes so far as to speculate that the Warrior is an ‘alleged artifact.’ According to archaeologists, the statue, made of soft limestone, is an image of King Nevius Pompuledio that originally stood, scholars explain, atop his burial mound in the necropolis of Aufinum.

“I also asked for the analyses of the red color present on the statue and on the female ‘torsetto,’ very presumably found on that ground; I was told that these analyses were carried out in the 1990s. I asked for the publications to have them examined by other universities specializing in red color pigmentation, but this data was never provided to me,” he continued.

“Were these analyses ever done? I ask because it is certainly something that can bring to the international scientific community the privilege of being able to understand whether it falls within the statistics of paintings from the fifth, sixth, seventh centuries before Christ,” he said.

The research has only begun for Consorte, who will delve into some of the unresolved issues of other archaeological finds in the region in his upcoming documentary. “Where there is doubt there is also the need to give a scientific answer that can appease minds and souls,” the journalist explained, emphasizing his respect for everything.

“One thing is a hypothesis and another is to provide certain data,” he concluded. The image of the Capestrano Warrior statue will soon end up on the new coat of arms and banner of the Abruzzo Region as provided by the regional law unanimously approved on July 5 by the Regional Council.

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