PREHISTORY

The oldest evidences of the inhabitants on the Asiago Plateau were found in fossils. The Fossil Museum in Gallio presents us the chronological history of the Plateau.

Men lived in the mountains of Asiago and on the Plateau since ancient times. This fact is confirmed by numerous archaeological excavations, which brought to light interesting findings, remained mainly from hunting activities. The historical sites of the Plateau are particularly important for the peculiar type and the large amount of findings discovered in the last decades.

Even natural caves and cliffs preserved eloquent archaic signs of life in ancient times. In many caves were found remains of weapons and stone tools for cutting, carving and scraping, together with animal bones, which were later recognised as bones of the ibex and the cave bear. You can also appreciate early forms of artistic expression on some painted stones found here (in particular in the area known as Riparo Dalmeri, in the plain of Marcésina in the province of Trento).

There are two easily accessible archaeological sites, where many artefacts of the past were reconstructed: the Village of Bostel in Castelletto di Rotzo and Mount Corgnon in Lusiana. Here you can see old houses of wood and straw, as well as a complete set of illustrations telling about the life of ancient people. The two sites provide visitors with guided tours and educational activities, so that the young and the old can learn about the history in an entertaining form.

If you would like to visit the rock carvings of Assa Valley, between Canove and Roana, you must make an appointment. In the Tunkelbald site there are also many rocks with petroglyphs from different periods.

In the Archaeological Museum of the Plateau in Castelletto di Rotzo, you can see many artefacts found on the Plateau and studied by the experts, as well as detailed explanatory tables.

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