Museo preistorico dei Balzi Rossi e zona archeologica

The Museum

Red Leaps are all’ endsà western Liguria, a few steps from the border with France and are one of the più sites; known prehistoric times in Europe. They include a series of caves (“ Bausi” namely“ holes” in dialect, transformed into Italian in“ Balzi”) which open at the foot of a rocky wall of dolomitic limestone.

This site has seen a number of changes in sea level that 100,000 years ago was 120 meters longerù low compared to today. The area of ​​the Red Leapsè was frequented by’ prehistoric man for a period of time ranging from Lower Paleolithic (230,000 years ago) to the Upper Paleolithic (10,000 years ago): in the caves and out of them they have accumulated over millennia large deposits of rich faunal remains and stone tools, as well as important burials, discovered thanks to centuries of archaeological excavations. The più materials; important preserved in the museum include in particular the skeletal remains found in different types of burials and an extraordinary set of casts of female figurines, the più structured group of“&rdquo Palaeolithic Venuses; found in Europe. The tour also includes a visit to the cave areas.

Archaeological research at Balzi Rossi, initiated già in the first halfà dell’ 800, still continue today. L’ location of the site on the Italian-French border has made sì that the investigations were conducted byé scientific quipe internationally. This situation has caused the dispersion of many exhibits in various museums in Italy and all’ 's and in private collections (Paris, Monaco, Menton, Montreal).


Artworks from Collection

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Via ai Balzi Rossi, 9
18039 Ventimiglia

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