During the excavation of Lucone D © Archivio Fotografico del Museo Archeologico della Valle Sabbia

  Polpenazze del Garda (BS)  |     Lucone

Short description

Lucone is one of the largest morainic basins around Garda. It is a wide basin with a marsh in its center, where 5 different prehistoric settlements have been identified. The excavation of Lucone D has been in progress since 2007. This settlement had a relatively short lifespan: it appears to have been founded in 2034 BC and was abandoned a few years later, in 1967 BC, according to the dendrochronological dating. Between these two dates, the site saw numerous construction phases and a terrible fire, which caused the majority of the buildings to collapse.Thanks to their falling into the water, they were preserved. Between the piles layers of deposits of rich archaeological finds and organic materials were excavated.

Bronze Age

2200 - 1800 B.C. (Early Bronze Age)

Lago di Lucone

252 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 7,65 ha / approx. 11 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 68,19 ha / approx. 96 soccer pitches

Special features & Highlights

Lucone has yielded numerous organic finds: wooden tools user for work in the fields, vases and fabrics. In addition, the skeletal remains of at least two children.

A wooden instrument found at Lucone: a shovelor a paddle? © Archivio Fotografico del Museo Archeologico della Valle Sabbia

Current activities

The archaeological area ‘Lucone D’ is fenced and equipped with didactic aids. The site ‘Lucone D’ represents a rare occasion to watch an archaeological dig day by day since it is open to the public. Guided tours are organised, but guests are welcome at any time.

Pile Dwellings up close

Having reached Polpenazze, the Lucone area is accessible via a dirt road that leads off the road to Muscoline (Via Lago Lucone) on the right, at about two kilometers from the center (follow the signs).The archaeological area ‘Lucone D’ may be visited by appointment or in the course of specific events from late spring to autumn. The archaeological dig is open to the public every summer (July and August). Guided tours are organised on Fridays and Sundays, often combined with workshops for children at the same time.

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