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Roman and prehistoric art

peracuncaThere have been many findings, from prehistoric or Roman times, in the Canavese. One of the most significant is the "Pera Cunca", near Masino. This stone with worked coppers is one of the most famous in the Canavese, but other finds of this kind can be seen at the Paraj Auta, on the territory between Ivrea and Pavone Canavese.

The Sentiero delle Anime, or Santér dj 'Ànime, is not only the most well-known but also the most fascinating route of Valchiusella, running through paths already trampled in the past by ancient inhabitants of the Canavese. The "Path of the Souls" explores ancestral signs dug in the rock by our ancestors.

The Menhir of Lugnacco in Valchiusella are very interesting too, as well as the anthropomorphic stems of Tina, the village of Vestignè and the monolith of Mazzè; The palafittic village on the Pistono lake, whose found materials are exhibited at the Exhibition Space for Archeology of Montalto Dora and the archeological site of the piles of Lake Viverone, dating to the Bronze Age and inserted into the system of "Prehistoric Palafitticoli Sites of the “Arco Alpino”.

In the surroundings of Mazzè a tract of Roman road remains and shows how the area was famous for the extraction of gold, similar to what happens to Bessa, in the nearby Biellese territory.

The rustic Roman settlement of San Giorgio Canavese, emerged during the excavations for the adaptation of the motorway junction in 2012.
Certainly "Eporedia", the ancient Ivrea, is the most interesting place, with the remains of Roman bridges, the Maior Bridge (more than 40 meters, 5 meters wide and formed by 10 arches), remains of which can be found in the Dora Baltea, the "river quay" (presumed to be used for navigation), and the Ivrea Amphitheater. The Museo Civico Pier Alessandro Garda hosts the majority of the artefacts.

Longobard settlements were found in Belmonte in the municipality of Valperga Canavese, where you can see the remains of a fortified Longobard village and the Longobard necropolis of Cantarana in Borgomasino, with 90 tombs and their rich set.

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