Musée de Palaeontologie Humaine Terra Amata , Nice , Architecture, Monuments, Museum Provence Attractions

Musée de Palaeontologie Humaine Terra Amata
Address - 25, boulevard Carnot - 06300
Type - Architecture, Monuments, Museum
The main part of the exhibition of the Archaeological Museum is located on the hill of Cimiez. Moreover, if you have ever been there, it is time to see the second part of the exhibition no less interesting, «Terra Amata». You can learn about the way people lived in the Neolithic era and Palaeolithic era - simply go on the boulevard Carnot, up the slope of Mount Boron...

musee de terra amata niceLe Musée de Palaeontologie Humaine Terra Amata was opened in 1976 on the 1st floor of a residential building. (A large room in the center of which there is a large fragment of the prehistoric pebbles beach, which the scientists have named «Terra Amata», and which means «land beloved»), was allocated for the museum.)

Nice authorities have decided to create a museum on the site after the events, when during the excavation works in 1958, primitive stone tools were found. Then, the scientists-archaeologists, led by Henry de Lumley, began new excavations. Their findings formed the main part of the exhibition.

Le Musée de Paléontologie Humaine Terra Amata exhibits incredibly interesting collection of artifacts, belonging to the prehistoric people, who lived on the Mediterranean coast approximately four thousand years ago. (They already knew what a fire is, were able to make stone tools with which they successfully hunted bison, rabbits, deer, boars, elephants, etc.).

In those prehistoric times, in a secluded bay on the museum site, there was a beach, and the sea level was higher than now. The Neolithic climate was warm - people built small huts to live. The mountains served the hunting ground, and «provided» with stones, from which they have manufactured stone axes and arrows. Beach pebbles also served as material. The mountain slopes were covered with dense forests, where there were various animals, which have often become the prey of the primitive hunters of Terra Amata.

In the museum, the visitors will be able to observe the reconstruction of the hut, artistically constructed of sturdy palings and branches, with a pebbled fireplace, and the hole in the roof to ventilate the smoke faster. Such huts could have an average length of 15 meters. The exhibition presents the cinder fossilized block from a similar fireplace.

Some models show the life of the former colonies in details to tourists, and many stone axes and other instruments are presented on the stands (at first sight, not very different from the usual stones), but looking closer, we will see the chipped, apparently made by the hands of prehistoric people.

Another stand is a testimony to the fact that ancient hunters knew know how to use their stone tools. Their preys were animals, whose numerous fossilized horns and jaws are shown on this stand.

One of the most unique exhibits - the fossilized trace of the ancient hunter’s right foot after slipping on the clay soil of several hundred years ago... Along the length of this trace, scientists have identified his height - 155 cm.

The process of human evolution can be traced, from the colorful stand, which shows the image of Australopithecus, Homo erectus, Neanderthal and Homo sapiens. Here you can see moldings of skulls that were found during excavations in different countries around the world.

Near the stand, one can often hear expert discussions, which variously interpret these results.

Map - Musée de Palaeontologie Humaine Terra Amata

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