Archeoparc in Schnals Valley

Val Senales

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The Interactive Museum - ArcheoParc has been set up 1,500 m a.s.l. in the town of Madonna di Senales. It is possible to see the Giogo di Tisa (Tisa pass) directly from the open air part of the museum, and it is there that the iceman was found. This first interactive archaeological museum in the Alto Adige is particularly striking for the unusual type of building in which it is housed. The idea for this type of construction was inspired by the wooden Neolithical houses, and has been fitted out in such a way as to reconstruct an imaginary walk through the Tisa valley towards the Giogo (pass) of the same name. Along the itinerary, there is a display of the various themes relative to the findings of this ancient human life, right up to the iceman himself, with his activities and his way of life. In the outside areas, as well as viewing, in special, experimental fields, the cultivation of ancient types of wheat, it is also possible to visit the habitations reconstructed on the base of original finds, a pond used for fishing and many other things besides.
The Weather 5,300 years ago - The iceman lived between 3.350 and 3.100 B.C., and, therefore, in a period in which, in Europe, metal, or more precisely, copper was being used for the first time. If at first it was the fauna - particularly the steinbock - which attracted man to the Alpine environment, now it was the copper. To the south of the Alps, the territory was influenced by the Remedello culture, centred in the Po valley. Extended links and cultural connections through the Alps have been highlighted in the vortex of the scientific research surrounding the iceman, showing the importance of the exchanges between the north and the south.
The Iceman - In 1991, the glacier at the Tisa pass uncovered the body of a man who had been killed by an arrow 5,300 years ago. His tomb of ice had saved him from decomposition - having undergone a natural process of mummification. A number of objects which he carried with him have also remained partly intact, such as his clothes, tools, weapons and other equipment. Today, thanks to this finding, we have a better idea of what life was like at the end of the Neolithic period.
His living environment - The types of wood carried by the iceman provide proof that he came from our area. Birch, yew, hornbeam, berberis and the Mediterranean scrub plum tree, together with other typical plants have been planted in the outside area. The ancient types of wheat are growing in the experimental field, and their use in those times has been confirmed by the analysis of the contents of the man's stomach. Hunting, particularly of the steinbock, was integrated into his diet. (Some restaurants in the Val Senales propose foods which would have been eaten in tzi's time). Hunters and shepherds of the stone-age moved around a great deal. Traces of them like, for example, the mythical cupels, are still being found. Along the archaeological trails of the Val Senales and the Val Venosta (point of departure being the Archeoparc), alongside the remains of ancient sites, we can find further relics. Panoramic and brief descriptions on steles of copper, marked with the logo of the Archeoparc, indicate the itineraries and locations of discovery.

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