Archaeological Museum of the Plateau of the Seven Municipalities in Vicenza
A visit to the museum is organized according to a chronological development of collections on display. In a charming underground environment made entirely of exposed limestone, evocative of the dark and sheltered environment of prehistoric life, characterized by the use of natural limestone caves of which hundreds are spread throughout the Plateau, there is the exhibition hall dedicated to antique prehistory: flint tools narrate the presence of Neanderthal man on the Plateau, reaching further to settlements dating back to the Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic, designed for the procurement of flint and for hunting wild game.
On the ground floor, there is a large room dedicated to conferences and exhibitions.
On the first floor you can visit two rooms. The first room displays recent discoveries related to prehistory, with cabinets presenting findings from a seasonal small village dating back to the Bronze Age (second millennium BC), the Longa Laita near the town of Rotzo, probably related to pastoral activity, and a large fortified village of Monte Corgnon of Lusiana, also dating back to the Bronze Age, with documentation of activities related to both sheep farming and trade.
The second, wider room gathers very important testimonies, which represent well the early history of the Plateau, with cabinets containing objects from the nearby sedentary village of Bostel di Rotzo, dating back to the Iron Age (5th - 1st century BC).
It's been possible to devote an entire room to the village of Bostel thanks to systematic excavations carried out on site and thanks to the abundance of findings, which testify of important productive activities linked to a network of economic exchanges, which took place between the plain and the Alpine area, and in which the village was extensively involved.
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