Aosta

The megalithic area of Aosta I Guided Tour

Description

A surprising tour in which we will visit together the megalithic area of Saint-Martin-de-Corléans, a wonderful archaeological site of international interest.

Its area was discovered in 1969 and, although its foundation presumably dates back to Neolithic times, the site also preserves finds from later periods.

As I will illustrate during our tour, in fact, the area was used, with different purposes, from the 5th millennium B.C. to the Middle Ages, and, of each era, its surface bears traces. Thanks to modern research methods, it has been possible to recognise and clarify the sequence of structural phases. The most interesting remains, however, are certainly those dating from the Neolithic to the early Bronze Age.

During our journey, we will retrace together the events and stories, which have followed one another in this fascinating place, and we will encounter legends and magical rituals, through the marvellous historical testimonies that, still today, reside there. On this exciting journey, amidst historical artefacts and magical beliefs, we will encounter: propitiatory ritual ploughing, the furrows of which have come down to us, splendid commemorative tombs that illustrate the way in which death and the afterlife were viewed, rounded pits used as storehouses, alignments of poles and anthropomorphic stelae. The latter are the most striking artefacts: some of these have only an anthropomorphic outline, but others are engraved and rich in detail, such as arms, heads, shoulders, clothing, weapons and pendants.

If this topic fascinates you, I suggest you take a look at my post on the subject, which you can find here, and don't miss this wonder-filled visit!

The important and extensive Megalithic Area of Saint-Martin-de-Corléans, discovered in 1969, developed from the Neolithic to the early Bronze Age. It displays ritual ploughing, tombs, round pits once used as storage areas and alignments of timbers and anthropomorphic steles. The latter are the most striking artefacts: some of them have only an anthropomorphic outline, but others are engraved and rich in detail, such as arms, heads, shoulders, clothing, weapons and ornaments.

 

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Entrance fees

The complete ticket includes the entrance to the Theatre, MAR, Cryptoporticus, Megalithic Area and Paleochristian Basilica of San Lorenzo. Full price - 10,00€, Reduced price - 8,00€.

 Notice is hereby given that from 1 March 2022 to 1 August 2022 the Megalithic Area will be closed to the public for works.

Dates and times 

Summer opening hours, daily 9am-7pm

Guided Tour - The megalithic area of Aosta I Guided Tour

The Archaeological Park and Museum of the Megalithic Area of Saint-Martin-de-Corlèans I Neolithic I Early Bronze Age I Bronze Age I Iron Age I Roman and Middle Ages I