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Parco Archeologico Villaggio Neolitico di Travo (IT)
Travo has since the 5th and 4th millennium BC (the Neolithic) been continuously populated, as an important site on the road that connects Piacenza and Genoa. Since the 1980s, excavations are carried out by “La Minerva”. There are Roman remains, as well as a Romanesqueand a castle, originally dating to the 12th century.
The main activities nowadays are reconnaissance (finding new sites), , handling the archaeological museum in the Castle of Travo Anguissola (since 1997), restoration of archaeological artefacts, cultural activities to raise awareness and promote historical knowledge for all age groups and finally the archaeological park where La Minerva is involved in activities since September 2006.
The site of the archeopark is actually an original archaeological site, first investigated in 1995 (and still ongoing). The main feature of the park, covering about one hectare, is the preservation of a view of the prehistoric structures. The Neolithic Village of San Andrea in fact is partly preserved, parts of which are visible: several dwellings are being conserved on site. The locations of the original poles are made visible. Also, there is an ancient wall of dry stones.
These dwellings were inspiration for building new ones on site, designed by Riccardo Merlo, complete with a roof thatched with reed like how one thinks the original ones were done. There are regularly themed events to show ancient techniques like making and using pots, , and cooking. There is also a simulated archaeological excavation with remains of poles, pits and ovens where you can be archaeologist for a day.
The education activities are aimed at acquiring knowledge about the archaeological practice (research and excavation surface), the methodologies for the study of materials (ceramic, , wildlife, remains) and the of the remains and archaeological data. To classroom practices are associated with specific activities of .
The park is also accessible for physically impaired. Modern facilities include a bookshop.
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