An early farming village


The Neolithic settlement of Sant’Andrea di Travo on the left bank of the Trebbia river is the only example of an outdoor museum and archaeological park featuring such ancient ruins. A series of archaeological digs brought to light the remains of a large, early farming village from the late Neolithic, in the last centuries of the 5th millennium B.C. The outdoor replicas of village buildings include two rather large rectangular huts (15×7 meters), of which only the original foundations remain, a stone wall, and several ovens using hot stones to cook food. On top of these are life-size wooden replicas of the Neolithic huts. Their interiors feature replicas of objects and actions related to everyday activities as documented by archaeological and paleobotanical finds: the grinding of grains, the cooking of food, the making of ceramic tableware, and the spinning and weaving of plant fibres