The Montevecchia Park and Curone Valley, in a green outer area of Brianza just north of the Milan metropolitan area, is characterized by important archaeological discoveries from the Paleolithic to the Late Middle Ages, showing almost continuous occupation of this region. Within the territory of the park, natural habitats of rare beauty have been preserved, framing the presence of over 100 archaeological sites discovered during research of the area, among which the site of Bagaggera stands out in importance. This is the only site in the region in which it was possible to scientifically investigate a temporary camp of Neanderthal Man. The cultural and environmental evolution of the Park is shown in the exposition hosted in the Visitors Center of Cascina Butto, while outdoor activities are organized every month in the Centro di Ca' Soldato.
The area of Montevecchia Park and the Curone Valley has also been affected by the presence of abundant, high quality outcrops of flint within a specific geological formation: the Megabed of “Missaglia”. Flint is the raw material with which Paleolithic men made their artifacts, and its abundance seems to be one of the reasons, together with the characteristics of the territory, for which the area was intensely occupied throughout Prehistory.
HOW TO REACH THE SITE
The Park Visitors Centre is located in Cascina Butto in Montevecchia. This space, in addition to housing the offices of the park, is home to an interactive exhibition on geology, nature and the cultural aspects which characterize the area, and is devised for the distribution of content to both students and families. Cascina Butto is located along the road which goes up the Collina di Montevecchia (Montevecchia Hill), and is appropriately indicated by road signs.
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