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Mostra Archeologica Permanente [Permanent Archaeological Exposition]

The exhibition, divided into various sections, illustrates the evolution of human settlements in the ancient basin of Lake Bientina. The section dedicated to prehistory contains implements used by Homo erectus, Homo Neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens-sapiens (our progenitor). Also displayEd are some findings from the Bronze Age, among them the skeleton of a woman who lived around 1200 B.C. In the section devoted to the Etruscan period are displayed mater Exhibition ials found in the village of Ponte Gini between 1983 and 1986. Noteworthy in the section dedicated to Roman times is a replica of the wooden bridge and the road found in the plain of Orentano in 1989. Other items exhibited include weapons, iron utensils and farmers' and carpenters' tools. Particularly interesting is a medieval canoe carved out of the trunk of an oak tree.


Texts by Graziano Magrini

English translation by Catherine Frost

Last update 26/feb/2008