This is venere di Savignano...appeared to be an ancient fertility statue
Bowls from the neolithic period, 4000ish years ago. What really struck me was the decoration...I just hadn't thought of prehistoric people as being that refined. Cavedwellers...not just hairy men with clubs after all! lol
This is a pot called a bollitoio per h. latte which was used to boil milk to kill harmful bacteria when making cheese. The triangular piece is full of holes, and goes on top. The milk is poured into the jug, the jug is heated, and the boiling milk flows through the porous part. Again, I am entirely surprised that prehistoric people were so advanced!
After our visit to the museum, we had lunch and then drove over to the Belverde archaeological site. We had a guided tour, along with a few other people. The tour was in Italian (the guide also spoke French, but no English!) But they gave us a leaflet with all the basic information in English, so we were able to follow along nicely. This is the stone age hut. These people used looms to weave cloth, and forges for metallurgy, etc. Clearly I did not pay enough attention in history class, as this level of advancement just kept on astonishing me the whole day!
Down into the grotto we went. This was a cave, thought to have been an actual dwelling place. The settlement was recreated, complete with the firepit at the entrance to keep out animals, to the place for the dead to be laid to rest at the back of the cave. I took a photo down inside, but it came out too blurry to post, so I'll just post this one of the stairs down into the grotto.
The walk through the park to the specific points of interest was just lovely! This was a great place to be on a hot summer day - the temp was around 30c today, although truly didn't feel that hot in Cetona, presumably because of the elevation plus all the tall stone buildings provide lots of shade. I also had lots of fun driving up and down the mountains! Have I mentioned that I want me one o' these excellent little Fiat 500s?? Really takes those hairpin corners well!