Italy -> Apulia
Archeology in Apulia
As in other parts of Italy
and of Europe, the signs of man's presence over
300,000 years ago have been found. In the Gargano,
at the mouth of the Romandato, on the banks of
the lake of Varano and at Venosa (which
is in the Basilicata), were found traces of
characteristic activities on pebbles and
roughly-worked splinters of stone.
Apulia boasts the most impressive example of
prehistoric painting in Italy — the hunting-scenes
discovered in the caves of Porto Badisco near
The forms of urban life that were developed in
Apulia, which in the Neolithic age
functioned as a stepping-stone between the world of
the eastern Mediterranean and the Italian
peninsula, can be traced especially on the coast of
the gulf of Taranto.
There is rich and valuable evidence of the indigenous
cultures called « daunia » in the province of
Foggia, « peucetica » in Bari and
« messapica » in Salento.