Santa Agata dei Goti,Benevento Italy

Personal report of the field excursion by Gabriela Lukacs

The story was first reported by Mr.Leonardo B. Romano from S. Agata. An Italian magazine published his text and fotos in Oct.2008. Gabriela Lukacs got in contact with sig. Romano in Santa Agata dei Goti. She visited the location twice (Nov.2008 and Oct.2009) and was able to verify the existence of the alleged pyramid and the stone balls.A pyramid shaped hill with distinct edges and pin point top can be seen from S.Agata town. Best view from the restaurant terrace of “Finestra Catalana”.

Pyramid hill: elevation 348 m, height approx. 80-100 m, orientation to the cardinal points, distance 1,5 km from S. Agata direction NE

Vegetation: Olive trees grow on terraces built from dry stone walls. The terraces extend up to the top of the hill on its town facing side.

Access: No street or pathway is leading to the top. A footpath follows the 17th century aqueduct bringing water from Mt. Taburno to the Caserta Royal Castle. The water tower marks the edge of the pyramid hill.

Excavations: Nothing is known so far, no excavations ever made at the hill.
The area is inhabited since prehistoric times. An ancient city, Saticula, mentioned by Homer, is said to have existed in the area of S. Agata in 343 B.C. Current construction works for the Superstrada to Benevento have brought to light prehistoric tombs and pottery.

Devil’s footprints: A sensational discovery was made in 2007 near S.Agata: the oldest footprints of man (homo erectus) in vulcanic ash.

Tunnels: An extensive underground tunnel complex is reported by local people. Stretching between S.Agata town and the pyramid hill. It was detected during the gas pipe construction works 15 years ago.

Stone spheres: mysterious stone balls are found in the area of S. Agata since generations. They can be admired in private homes and gardens.

Conical hill: There is a perfect conical hill in the village of Moiano, next to S.Agata, in viewing distance from the pyramid hill. It seems to be a tumulus or cairn.

Google Earth pictures of the area give a first impression
COORDINATES: 41°05`51N/14°31`22E
LOCATION: Santa Agata dei Goti, 40 km northeast of Naples/Italy