Online exhibition: ‘‘170.000 b.p. at Poggetti Vecchi. Neanderthal and the elephants in Maremma, Tuscany. A climate challenge’’


The comprehension of the mechanism behind the climate crisis and its effects on the environment, economy, and society is becoming crucial these days. To better understand and interpret this phenomenon, it is essential to investigate the man-environment relationship since the ancient prehistoric times by verifying how the earliest communities interacted with their ecosystem and how they reacted to its changes.
This Institute’s project aims to present the exceptional case study of Poggetti Vecchi (Grosseto). It is an archaeological site dated 170,000 b.p. frequented by Neanderthals and ancient elephants. The online exhibition makes it possible to go back in time, from the excavations that brought to light a particular ecological niche to the discovery of the oldest wooden artifacts ever produced in Italy. The exhibition is realized by the Italian Institute of Prehistory and Protohistory in collaboration with the Soprintendenza of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the Province of Siena, Grosseto, Arezzo, with the contribution of the Fondazione CR Firenze.

The online exhibition is free and can be visited every time and everywhere, on the mobile by using the app Artsteps or on pc by clicking HERE.



ONLINE EXHIBITION Porto Badisco on the 50th anniversary of the discovery

The online exhibition “Porto Badisco on the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery. A visit to the prehistoric sanctuary through the Paolo Graziosi’s photos” was inaugurated on Wednesday 11 November.
It was realized as part of the project “Virtual Accessibility to the IIPP historical archive“, “Cultural Laboratories” announcement of the CR Florence Foundation.

inaugural speech of Monica Miari, IIPP President
inaugural speech of Carlo Sisi, Director of CR Florence FoundationTechnical Art Commission
Visit Instructions
Download the Guide for the online exhibition “Porto Badisco on the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery”


Mostra_Fragilita_del_segno_3National Archaeological Museum of Florence, piazza Ss. Annunziata 9b
From September 23 settembre to November 26, 2017

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 8.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. (final entry 6.15 p.m.)
Saturday-Monday: 8.30 a.m.– 2.00 p.m. (final entry 1.15 p.m.)
info IIPP: 055 2340765 –

The exhibition “The Fragility of the Sign. Rock Art of Africa in the Italian Institute of Prehistory and Protohistory Archive”, under the patronage of UNESCO, is organized by the Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria, in collaboration with Polo Museale della Toscana/Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Virgilio Sieni / Centro di produzione sui linguaggi del corpo e della danza, Ufficio UNESCO del Comune di Firenze, Università di Firenze – Funzione per lo Sviluppo di Prodotti Multimediali, with MIUR contribution.

Realized by Anna Revedin, Luca Bachechi, Andrea De Pascale, Silvia Florindi, the exhibition highlights some of the most ancient and extraordinary artistic testimony of humanity, situated in places that are currently inaccessible as a result of domestic and international conflicts. It also aims to draw attention to the need to preserve this inestimable but fragile Heritage of Humanity by presenting images that document its state of conservation prior to the criticalities of recent decades.

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Catalogue of the exhibition “The Fragility of the Sign”

copertina catalogo fragilità
The catalogue of the exhibition “The Fragility of the Sign. Rock Art of Africa in the Italian Institute of Prehistory and Protohistory Archive” (A. De Pascale & L. Bachechi eds.), contains a rich selection of images from the “Paolo Graziosi” Photographic Archive. The illustrations accompany scientific texts which are written by experts but in such a way as to be accessible and particularly interesting for the greater public as well.


Language: italian/english
173 pp. col., IIPP Firenze 2017
ISBN 978 88 6045 062 3
Price € 25