Archaeology. In a time machine
Going down into the Underground Archaeological Site SASS Spazio Archeologico Sotterraneo del Sas in the historic centre of Trento, under the Teatro Sociale and Piazza Cesare Battisti, is like travelling back in time by 2,000 years.
An intact ancient Roman road, paved with large stones of red limestone from nearby quarries, along which you can see the ruts of carts that have crossed it, perhaps loaded with supplies and headed towards the legions of Emperor Augustus. Going down into the Underground Archaeological Site SASS Spazio Archeologico Sotterraneo del Sas in the historic centre of Trento, under the Teatro Sociale and Piazza Cesare Battisti,
is like travelling back in time by 2,000 years. Here the ancient Tridentum is housed, founded by the Romans in the middle of the 1st century BC to guard the Valle dell'Adige. Along the road you can see the remains of a glassmaker's workshop, mosaic floors, houses with kitchens, a latrine, triclinium, courtyard and well. A little further on, the remains of the ancient boundary stone wall, cobblestones, bricks and a tower, which in Imperial times was also the door that led to the amphitheatre.
The ancient Tridentum is just one of the best archaeological features of the Trentino region, which from 15 April will enhance the new Museo delle Palafitte in Fiavé, with an extraordinary collection of objects dating back 3,500 years or so. The bottom of ancient
Lake Carera, now a peat bog, has excellently preserved pottery, bronze, amber and gold artefacts, and particularly the oldest wooden objects in Europe, including kitchen utensils and work tools.
The Museo Retico in Sanzeno offers a fascinating tour through the "well of time". Starting at the lower end with Palaeolithic hunters, it then climbs to meet Neolithic farmers, Copper Age metal workers, and the death of the holy martyrs of Anaunia. The Acqua Fredda archaeological site at Passo del Redebus is one of the major protohistoric metal working sites in Europe. Then, the archaeological section of the MAG, Museo Alto Garda, in Riva del Garda houses eight fascinating stele statues of Arco dating back to the Copper Age, an artistic masterpiece of the third millennium BC.