Sites & cities that bear the name of Pirro Nord

Pirro Nord

Today in : Italy
First trace of activity : ca. 1,700,000 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 1,300,000 B.C.E
Recorded names : Cava Pirro, Cava Dell'Erba

Description : The archaeological site of Pirro Nord , also known as Cava Pirro or Cava Dell'Erba , contained possibly the oldest human tools in Europe, in any case the oldest in Italy . It is located in the Apulia region , more precisely in a quarry near Apricena in the province of Foggia . Pirro Nord is a prehistoric and paleontological archaeological site in the municipality of Apricena ( province of Foggia ) with important faunal remains and Olduvian lithic tools . The site is dated on a biochronological basis to about 1.5 million years ago and documents the oldest human settlement in Europe Systematic excavations, directed by the University of Ferrara , have made it possible to unearth more than 300 flint tools and thousands of bones belonging to almost a hundred different species.

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