Museum as a laboratory of prehistoric landscapes
Ranaldo Filomena  1, 2@  , Piccarreta Maria  3@  , Masiello Laura  3@  , Kitagawa Keiko  1, 4, 5@  , Colopi Francesco  1@  , Strafella Silvia  1@  , Petracca Roberto  1@  , D'alessandro Nicola  6@  , Natalizio Cosimo  6@  , Massafra Dario  1@  
1 : Museo della Preistoria di Nardò
Piazza S. Antonio, 73048 Nardò-Lecce -  Italie
2 : Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, della Terra e dell'Ambiente, U. R. Preistoria e Antropologia, Università degli Studi di Siena
Via Laterina, 8, 53100 Siena -  Italie
3 : Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le Provincie di Lecce, Brindisi e Taranto
Via Antonio Galateo 2, 73100 Lecce - Italy -  Italie
4 : Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, Institute of Pre- and Protohistory and Medieval Archeology, University of Tübingen Schloß Hohentübingen
5 : Histoire naturelle de l\'Homme préhistorique  (HNHP)  -  Site web
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR7194
Institut de Paléontologie Humaine 1, rue René Panhard 75013 Paris -  France
6 : Comune di Nardò
Piazza Cesare Battisti, 73048 Nardò Lecce -  Italie

The civil museum ‘Museo della Preistoria di Nardò' located in Nardò – Lecce, southern Italy is a new establishment that focuses on the Paleolithic from the region, casting light on the important evolutionary history of humans documented through the occupation of sites, archaeological finds, and contexts. The museum houses artifacts and fossils from archaeological fieldworks of the 1960's and beyond originating from a series of caves in the Portoselvaggio and Palude del Capitano Park. The materials are a testament to nearly 100,000 years of Homo neanderthalensis and H. Sapiens occupation, including a find of enormous importance: one of the oldest fossils of Homo sapiens in Eurasia. In collaboration with the Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio Brindisi Lecce e Taranto (Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Brindisi, Lecce, and Taranto), this project aims to work on three converging areas: research, conservation and public outreach in both the museum and the Park with an ultimate objective to sustainably manage the heritage for social and economic developments of this region. Through this endeavor, the museum becomes a laboratory for the ancient landscapes, mostly built upon the interactions between researchers, the museum, local entrepreneurs, and visitors.

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