A mammuth in Rome: the Pre-historic presence in the capital

According the tradition, Rome was founded in 753 BC by Romulus, but we can find traces of civilization more time before. Just 20 km from the city centre is possible to see the historical site of Polledrara di Cecanibbio, where there is a rich paleontological museum where the rest of a mammuth, an ancient cow and lots of rest of prehistoric men.

Another important site is the the Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi, a museum where is it possible to see the rest of a mammuth, hippos, rhinoceros and tools of 200.000 years ago. At the Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico ‘Luigi Pigorini’, at the EUR, you can find the best worlwide preserved skull of a Neanderthalensis Man and a 8000 years old boat.

At the begining of December 2014, the popular artist Zerocalcare painted a mural draw just outside the metro stop Rebibbia, with a mammuth as main character: in fact, the mammuth exposed in Casal de' Pazzi was discovered in 2001 during the building of a parking in Rebibbia, and it is a "reason of popular pride" for the kids of the quatier, considering that very often Rebibbia is known just only for the famous prison.

"Rome wasn't built in a day", but in thousands and thousands of years.

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