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The moraine hills: from the prehistory to the Middle Ages

Archeomincio - itinerary n. 1

By bike Car         Great Interest: Archeology 
  • Departure: Peschiera del Garda
  • Arrival: Cavriana

In its first stretch the river Mincio flows among gentle hills characterized by small water courses, in a landscape where built-up areas and cultivated fields alternate, with vineyards, forests and dry meadows. A territory which developed in the course of the ice age, a period that involved the northern Italy especially between 600,000 and 10,000 B.C.
During this long period some small groups of hunters and paleolithic pickers who inhabited the valleys near Verona and Brescia occasionally went down towards the plain.
However, it was the definitive shrinking of the glaciers occurred between 10,000 and 8,000 B.C. that determined the conditions after which the first stable human settlements were created, even if the most significant archaeological testimonies date back to the Neolithic age (6th/5th millennium B.C. - late 3rd millennium B.C.)

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