There are two interesting excavation sites in the Valle Isarco valley which finds date back to the Neolithic Age (5000 BC).
The climatically favoured area in the Valle Isarco valley with its sunny slopes was already settled in the Neolithic Age. This is documented by findings, which were partly made in the middle of the village centres. Two of them, in Velturno (Feldthurns) and Villandro (Villanders), approx. 12 km apart, were each dedicated to an Archeoparc, a museum structure that can also be visited today.
The Archeoparc Velturno was opened after about 20 years of excavations in the Tanzgasse area. Gravesites and remains of pottery production, agriculture and livestock breeding were found here, some date back to 5000 BC. Some of the finds are exhibited on the ground floor of Velturno Castle, while finds from the Copper Age (2500 - 2200 BC) can be admired in the Archeoparc Velturno, protected by two modern buildings. The exhibition is called "SteinReich - Reich der Steine" (Stone's Kingdom). And how to reach the Archeoparc Velturno? It is located in the centre of the village, in the Tanzgasse 26, near the parish church.
Opening hours: all year round
from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm
guided tours on Tuesdays at 5 pm (reservation needed)
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The Archeoparc Villandro is located about 12 km south-west of the Archeoparc Velturno, also in the Valle Isarco valley. The archaeological finds range from the Middle Stone Age through the Neolithic and Bronze Age to the Roman Age and cover a period of about 7,000 years. In 2009 the Archeoparc Villandro was opened. On an area of approx. 1,600 sqm it shows the remains of four buildings from the Roman and Middle Ages which were roofed to protect them from wind and weather. The permanent exhibition, on the other hand, has been arranged in the school building. And how to reach the Archeoparc Villandro? It is located at the so-called Plunacker field, near the village centre and the tourist office.
Opening hours: from the end of June to the end of September 2020
Fridays from 8.30 pm to 10 pm
and with the guided village walk
groups of at least 2 people also outside the opening hours (upon request)
3.00 Euros (adults), children up to 6 years free
1.00 Euro (children and young people up to 14 years)
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