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“Bears & Men”, at the Naturalistic Archaeological Museum
28 September 2018 - 30 June 2019
At the Naturalistic Archaeological Museum of Vicenza a skeleton of a cave bear has arrived. Ursus spelaeus is a species extinct over 24,000 years ago and in an upright position could reach a maximum height of 3.5 meters.
The complex relationship of coexistence and competition between bears and men for the exploitation of the territory and its resources will be declined here through the analysis of the documentation of bone remains of plantigrades and flint tools used for hunting or for the slaughter of prey, from seven archaeological sites distributed in our hills.
The title, “Bears & Men” reflects not only a plurality of numbers, but also a plurality of species present in our territory in a period between 200,000 and 23,000 years ago.
In addition to the prehistoric aspects, there is a rich photographic report “Bears and forests” by Silvano Paiola that documents the presence in nature of the bear belonging to the species Ursus arctos, reported in Europe and recently in our mountains. The filming was carried out in Finland and Slovenia.